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    Talking Pictorial of The 30th State

    Welcome to Wisconsin

    Buddy posing at the corner stone of my kin's homestead barn

    Table of contents

    1Elkhart Lake Kettle Moraine

    2 Heart of Luxembourg Tour & West Bend

    3 Cedarburg, Hamilton & Grafton

    4 Lions Den, Port Washington & Flag Day School

    5 Holy Hill & Germantown

    6 Sheboygan

    7 Manitowoc to Door County

    8 Fond Du Lac, Horicon Marsh, Hartford Auto Museum

    9 South/West Wisconsin

    10 Churches & Farms

    11 Washington County Fairgrounds, BMW Dealers, TWT, Crud Run & Pre-Rally Camp

    12 West Bend's Art Museum & Indian Mound Park

    13 Harley Davidson Tour, Kohler-Andrae State Park

    14IFond du Lac, Green Lake, Waushara, and Waupaca Counties

    A brief Wisconsin history

    Before 1830, Wisconsin was home to just Indians and a relative few settlers & southwest Wisconsin miners

    1832 Black hawk War ends and the signing over of the Indians land

    Mid 1830's opening of Land Settlement offices in Wisconsin

    Mid 1830's nearly half of Wisconsin‘«÷s people were living in the southwest lead mining region, producing half of America's lead

    Mid 1830, the opening of the Erie Canal. Travel for immigrants made easier,
    traveling from US East coast port, Hudson River, Erie Canal, Great Lakes and on to Wisconsin.

    Another immigrants port of entry was Quebec City, then Great Lakes to Wisconsin Harbors

    1840-50 mass advertising & letters home in Northern Europe of settlement land in Wisconsin

    1848 Wisconsin becomes a State

    In 1857, the first east-west railroad from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi was complete.
    Soon after, a line from Milwaukee to La Crosse opened, and other lines were extended north from Chicago.
    1869 America's first transcontinental railroad is completed with a ceremony at Promontory, Utah.
    Again travel for immigrants made easier

    "largest concentration of 19th century old-world settlements in America is found along the Wisconsin shore of Lake Michigan
    " -- Wisconsin's Ethnic Settlement Trail (W.E.S.T.)

    Milwaukee evolved as port city.
    Started out exporting leather & grain back east, then importing shoes & flour at a much higher expense.
    Having a large amount of Iron just west of West Bend, Milwaukee decided to make their own finished products,
    so they created industrial foundries and machine shops
    to make the gears and tooling to grind the grains and make the shoes and so started the industries,
    besides beer, that made Milwaukee famous.

    Between 1840 & 1880,
    400 families (including my relatives) of Luxembourg decent
    settled 30 miles north of Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the Port Washington/Belgium area.
    Making it the largest settlement of Luxembourgers in the Americas.
    When I was a kid, I remember Luxembourg/German was spoken by many of the old timers.

    Last edited by BeerTeam; 12-22-2012 at 04:25 PM.

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