Wisconsin History Day By Day


Related Web Sites:
Lead Mining in Southwestern Wisconsin

Wisconsin Mines

Rollo Jamison Museuum


Read More About It

"Life on Wisconsin's Lead Mining Frontier" by James Clark

"The Wisconsin Lead Region" by James Clark

"The Wisconsin Lead Region" by Joseph Schafer


Vocabulary:

leases
zinc


Interesting Fact:

Many of the first lead prospectors in Wisconsin came from Galena, Illinois, and from Missouri, Tennessee and Kentucky.
Study Questions:
  • Why was lead such an important metal in the 19th century?
  • When did lead mining decrease in Wisconsin?
  • What is zinc used for?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about mining in Wisconsin:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on April 18:

    1775: Paul Revere takes his famous ride, warning that the British were coming.



  • April 18

    Historical Highlight

    1822: The first leases by the federal government were issued for mining of lead in southwestern Wisconsin. Lead and zinc mining would become Wisconsin's most important metal producing activity.


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