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Unformatted text preview: Feature Article 2 Ten events that shaped Wisconsin: a review of ten events pivotal to the evolution of Wisconsins geography, economy and government Scenes from the Sesquicentennial 100 W ISCONSIN B LUE B OOK 1999 2000 TEN EVENTS THAT SHAPED WISCONSINS HISTORY By Norman K. Risjord TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. THE DAM-BURST AT DEVILS LAKE, CA. 12,000 B.C. . . . 101 2. JEAN NICOLET LANDS IN GREEN BAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 3. MADISON SELECTED AS CAPITAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 4. INDIAN LAND CESSIONS, 1829 1842 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 5. STATEHOOD, 1848 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 6. THE JOSHUA GLOVER-SHERMAN BOOTH AFFAIR . . . . . 125 7. FELLING THE WHITE PINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128 8. THE FIRST CHEESE FACTORY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 9. THE CITY THAT MADE BEER FAMOUS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 10. THE WISCONSIN IDEA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 T EN E VENTS T HAT S HAPED W ISCONSINS H ISTORY 101 TEN EVENTS THAT SHAPED WISCONSINS HISTORY By Norman K. Risjord As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Wisconsins admission to the Union, it seems appropriate to look at Wisconsins past and the major events that shaped its history. To form a list limited to a few such events say, ten is to invite controversy. But that also makes it a challenge and a game. Here are my candidates: 1. The Dam-Burst at Devils Lake 2. Jean Nicolet Lands in Green Bay 3. Madison Selected as Capital 4. Indian Land Cessions, 1829 1842 5. Statehood, 1848 6. The Joshua Glover-Sherman Booth Affair 7. Felling the White Pine 8. The First Cheese Factory 9. The City That Made Beer Famous 10. The Wisconsin Idea Do I detect some raised eyebrows and puzzled frowns? Everyone, of course, will have his or her own idea as to the importance of certain events. Much also depends on how one defines the word event. Before we pro- ceed to the hanging tree, let me assign the reasons why the series I have men- tioned has my vote. 1. THE DAM-BURST AT DEVILS LAKE , CA. 12,000 B.C. Everyone will agree that the last glacier had an enormous impact on the topography of Wisconsin. As the ice melted about 18,000 years ago, leav- ing behind massive amounts of sand and rock, the flowing waters formed the moraines, drumlins and eskers that lend a special quality to the Wiscon- sin landscape. Pockets of melting ice within these formations turned into the kettle ponds of the Kettle Moraine and the lakes that dot the northern part of the state. But, to my mind, the most dramatic event of that age was the sudden breakup of the earthen dam at Devils Lake....
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