Wisconsin History Day By Day


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"The History of Wisconsin: The Civil War Era, 1848-1873" by Richard Current


Vocabulary:

chartered
plank


Interesting Fact:

The preferred wood for building plank roads was oak.


Study Questions:

  • Why were some of the early roads made out of wood? Why not some other material?
  • At its peak, by 1852-1853, how many miles of plank roads were there in Wisconsin?
  • What were the benefits of plank roads compared to normal roads? What were some of the problems with plank roads?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about plank roads:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on February 2:

    1848: The Mexican War officially ends with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
    1876: Baseball's National League is formed.



  • February 2

    February 2, 1846: The Legislative Assembly chartered a private corporation which proposed to build a plank road between Milwaukee and Lisbon (later extended to Watertown). The plank road was completed in 1847.


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