• Map of the city of the First Lake, 1836

    Judson, J

    During the late 1830s, speculation in real estate flourished in southern Wisconsin. Developers platted imaginary communities on paper in the hopes of attracting investors. While visiting Mineral Point…

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  • Map of the City of Madison, Dane County, State of Wisconsin, 1855

    McCabe P

    Madison was booming in the 1850s, helped by the efforts of developer Leonard Farwell. When famous journalist Horace Greeley visited Madison, Farwell printed 10,000 copies of this map, prominently feat…

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  • Plat of Madison, the capital of Wisconsin, 1854

    Horace Greeley & Co

    The early 1850s were boom years for Madison. This map, published by eastern journalist Horace Greeley, praises the village's advantages and prospects and prominently features the activities of local d…

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