Wisconsin History Day By Day


Related Web Sites:
Crandon Mine Information

Proposed Crandon Mine Project

Wisconsin mining (U.S. Census Bureau)

Mining in Wisconsin (Clean Water Action Council)


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


Vocabulary:

proposed
leasing
prospecting
confidential


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?


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

  • Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • BadgerLink Wisconsin Newsstand
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    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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