Wisconsin History Day By Day

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"The Wisconsin Story: The Building of a Vanguard State" by H. Russell Austin


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Interesting Fact:

When Shaw returned to his lumber mill after the winter, he discovered that the Indians had burned it down.

Study Questions:

  • When did Wisconsin reach its peak in the lumber harvest?
  • How were the logs transported to the sawmills in the 19th century?
  • Because of the large-scale harvesting, what happened to Wisconsin's pine forests?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on May 30:

    1911: The first Indianapolis 500 race is held.
    1922: The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. is dedicated.

  • May 30

    Historical Highlight

    1819: Pine lumbering made its earliest significant appearance in Wisconsin with the construction of a lumber mill by John Shaw on the Black River.

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