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Milwaukee residents urge citizens to support railroads in 1857

Taxpayers' letter to the citizens of Milwaukee, April 23, 1857


Fearing that Milwaukee was being left behind in the race to build railroads, residents of the city wrote a letter urging their fellow citizens to fund various projects to improve rail transportation both to and within Milwaukee. Calling themselves "taxpayers," these men sought to make clear that better railroads would benefit everyone and was the only way for Milwaukee to expand and remain Wisconsin's industrial and economic hub.

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Related Topics: Immigration and Settlement
Development of the Railroads
Creator: Milwaukee taxpayers
Pub Data: Printed broadside in the Horace Tenney Papers (Wis Mss BE) in the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives).
Citation: Taxpayers' letter to the citizens of Milwaukee, April 23, 1857. Printed broadside in the Horace Tenney Papers (Wis Mss BE) in the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives). Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=64; Visited on: 4/19/2014
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