I love a great map, and today’s example is particularly fine in several respects: as a detailed view of our hemisphere at a particularly dynamic moment in U.S. history, as an excellent example of mid-19th-century cartography, and—as we’ll see in our next post—as a clear illustration of how members of Mequon’s Bonniwell family made their … Continue reading Monday: Map Day! – To the gold fields, 1849 & ’50
UPDATED, April 9, 2022 to fix a minor typo and two unclear phrases. I haven’t published much here in the last month or so. My apologies. There were some unavoidable but relatively harmless distractions involved, the sort of things that we all deal with from time to time. But the ongoing slaughter in Ukraine, unprovoked, … Continue reading Monday: Map Day – Ukraine
Last time, we illustrated our look at Ft. Howard with this detail from the first widely-available map of Wisconsin—and the first map of the territory based on official surveys—published in 1837: Detail, Topographical map of Wisconsin Territory / compiled from the Public Surveys on file in the Surveyor General’s office … by Samuel Morrison, Elisha Dwelle [and] … Continue reading Monday: Map Day! – Ft. Howard & Green Bay, 1827
UPDATED August 16, 2021, to include more information on the Ho-Chunk language, inadvertently omitted from the original post. I’m working on more posts for our series about the early Mequon immigrants and “How’d they get here?” I needed a map that showed all of the Great Lakes, as well as the Eastern seaboard states and … Continue reading Monday: Map Day! – The United States of North America, 1825
UPDATED July 6, 2021, to answer a reader’s question: “Where was Jonathan Clark just before he went to Fort Howard?” Scroll down to Comments for the answer. How the early settlers came to Mequon, c. 1835-1850 (part 1) Clark House education director Margaret Bussone and our education team are putting together a project centered on … Continue reading Monday: Map Day! – How’d they get here?
The First County Roads, 1841 Infrastructure Week! — part 1 Last week’s Monday: Map Day! discussed the Milwaukee and Superior railroad, and the right-of-way through the middle of the Clark farm property that it purchased from Jonathan and Mary Clark in 1857. Even if you already read it, take another look. I’ve recently updated that … Continue reading Monday: Map Day!
UPDATED, April 26, 2021, to incorporate some interesting observations and corrections from reader Sam Cutler. (See the comments, below.) I’ve had a busy weekend, and not much time to write. But I found an interesting, Clark- and Mequon-related map you may not have seen before. The railroad next door
1874 map of Washington and Ozaukee Counties Today’s map is another unique and wonderful map from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, American Geographical Society Digital Map Collection. It is map of Washington and Ozaukee Counties from 1874, and it is packed with information and unique details. Map of Washington and Ozaukee Counties, Wisconsin 1873-4 / drawn, … Continue reading Monday: Map Day!
Before Mequon: finding Mary Turck’s home in upstate New York Tracing the lives of Americans in the first decades of the 19th-century can be challenging. Whether along the expanding frontier, or in long-established and settled areas such as New York’s Hudson River valley, there are often many unhelpful gaps in the paper trail. Even the … Continue reading Monday: Map Day! – Wayne County, 1829
Turck, Gay & Clark in the early years of the Erie Canal New York state’s Erie Canal was one of the wonders of the modern world when it first opened to the public in 1825. The original 362 miles of canals and locks connected the Hudson River at Albany, in the east, with Lake Erie … Continue reading Monday: Map Day! – The Erie Canal