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"The History of Wisconsin: The Civil War Era, 1848-1873" by Richard Current
The preferred wood for building plank roads was oak.
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?
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1848: The Mexican War officially ends with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
1876: Baseball's National League is formed.
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