Wisconsin History Day By Day

Related Web Sites:
Exxon Mine Menaces Wisconsin

Proposed Crandon Mine in Northeast Wisconsin

Wisconsin mining (U.S. Census Bureau)

Mining in Northern Wisconsin

Read More About It

"Final Environmental Impact Statement, Exxon Coal and Minerals Co."

"The New Resource Wars: native and Environmental Struggle Against Multinational Corporations" by Al Gedicks



Interesting Fact:

In 1998, Exxon sold its interests in the Crandon mine to Rio Algom for $17.5 million.

Study Questions:

  • What has happened to the proposed mine near Crandon?
  • How much copper and zinc ore have been mined since 1976?
  • What year did Exxon begin mineral exploration in northern Wisconsin?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on August 7:

    1782: The Order of the Purple Heart is created by George Washington.
    1942: During World War II, U.S. forces land on Guadalcanal.

  • August 7

    August 7, 1976: Exxon Corp. proposed leasing 40 acres from the state for prospecting and possibly mining at the site of its Forest County copper and zinc ore discovery, requesting the state to keep the proposal confidential. Angered by the contract, Secretary of State Douglas LaFollette said, "Whatever they find belongs to the people, and the people have a right to know what they have."

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