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Tucked away next to the northern border of Illinois, Kenosha County remains one of the most vibrant and interesting places in the state of Wisconsin. Over the past 170 years, the area has been transformed from an outpost of the Michigan Territory into a regional industrial powerhouse that is part of the heavily urbanized area that stretches south all the way to Gary, Indiana. Persons with a penchant for American history, or Wisconsin history more specifically, will be delighted to learn about the visual cornucopia offered here, courtesy of the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections. Many of the photographs come from the C.E. Dewey Lantern Slide Collection, which documents the period from the 1830s to the 1940s. A good way to get a general feel for the site is to click through some of the topical headings, which include "People", "Churches", "Cityscapes", and "Local Government". The site is rounded out by ten full-text documents, including the 1879 work "The History of Racine and Kenosha Counties, Wisconsin" and 1925's "City Plan of Kenosha, Wisconsin" by Harland Bartholomew.
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