PORTAGE , acity and the
See also:county-seat of
See also:Columbia county, Wisconsin, U.S.A., on the Wisconsin
See also:river, about 85 m . N.W. of
See also:Milwaukee . Pop . (189o) 5143; (1900) 5459, of whom 1184 were
See also:born; (1910 U.S.
See also:census) S440 . It is served by the Chicago, Milwaukee & St IJaul, and the Minneapolis, St Paul & Sault Ste
See also:railways . The city is situated at the west end of the
See also:ship canal connecting the
See also:Fox and Wisconsin
See also:rivers, and river steamboats ply during the open
See also:season between Portage and
See also:Bay and intermediate points in the Fox River Valley, Portage being the
See also:head of navigation on the Fox . Portage is in the midst of a fertile farming region, and has a
See also:trade in
See also:farm and
See also:dairy products and
See also:tobacco . Its manufactures include
See also:brick, tile,
See also:flour, pickles, knit goods,
See also:steel tanks and marine engines and launches, and there are several tobacco warehouses and
See also:elevators . As the Fox and Wisconsin rivers are here only 2 m. apart, these rivers were the early means of communication between Lake Michigan and the
See also:Mississippi river . The first Europeans known to have visited the site of the city were Radisson and Groseilliers, who crossed the portage in 1655 . The portage was used by Marquette and
See also:Joliet on their way to the Mississippi in 1673, and a PORTALIS red granite
See also:monument commemorates their passage . About 1712 the Fox
See also:Indians disputed the passage of the portage, precipitating hostilities which continued intermittently until 1743 .
The first settler was
See also:Lawrence Barth, who engaged in the carrying trade here in 1793 . Jacques Vieau established a trading
See also:post here in 1797, and by 182o it was a thriving
See also:depot of the fur trade . During the Red
See also:Bird uprising (1827) a temporary military post was established by Major
See also:Whistler of the U.S. army . Fort
See also:Winnebago was begun in the following
See also:year, was remodelled and completed by Lieut . Jefferson
See also:Davis in 1832, and was subsequently abandoned . It was from there in the same year that the final and successful
See also:campaign against Black
See also:Hawk was begun . After several failures the Fox-Wisconsin canal was completed in 1856, and in
See also:June of that year the " Aquila," a stern-wheeler, passed through the canal on its way from Pittsburg to Green Bay . The shifting channel of the Wisconsin has retarded navigation, and the canal has never been as important commercially as was expected .
JEAN FRANCOIS PORTAELS (1818-1895)
PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE
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