Wisconsin History Day By Day


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A Brief History of Economics in Wisconsin

Turning Points in Wisconsin History

History of Price County

Brief History of Marinette


Read More About It

"Lumbering" by the Wisconsin Historical Society

"Empire in Pine: the Story of Lumbering in Wisconsin" by the Wisconsin Historical Society

"Wisconsin" by James W. Nesbit


Vocabulary:

exploitation
estimated
acres
prime


Interesting Fact:

During the last part of the 19th century, Wisconsin was the top lumber-producing state in the country.


Study Questions:

  • What happened to Wisconsin's forests between 1830 and 1900?
  • What was the most common tree cut down in Wisconsin to be used in lumber?
  • How was the timber transported to the sawmills? What was the purpose of the sawmill?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about history of lumbering in Wisconsin:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on March 14:

    1900: Congress ratifies the Gold Standard Act.



  • March 14

    Historical Highlight

    1830: Cutting timber on a large scale for lumber began in Wisconsin. Exploitation of the estimated 30 million acres of timber was to make Wisconsin known as the world's prime supplier of lumber during the 19th century.


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