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The city of Whitewater was named for the soft, white clay that lined the stream flowing through the area. Later it claimed the motto "the Banner Inland City of the Midwest" and, after that, "Whitewater, the City Beautiful" for its stately homes and large, graceful trees. Samuel Prince, the first settler, erected a cabin on his claim of 60 acres in 1837; a gristmill, sawmill, paper mill, and numerous stores were soon established in this rich agricultural area. The railroad came, and the manufacturing of the Esterly Grain Harvester and the Whitewater Wagon made Whitewater an industrial town. In 1868, the state's second normal school—later the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater—located here, further changing the town's character.
ISBN: 9780738540078
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Wisconsin
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Historian Fred G. Kraege has been researching Whitewater for over 20 years, beginning with a thorough cataloging of the three local cemeteries. Through correspondence with current and former residents, he has built up a vast collection of letters, postcards, photographs, and other artifacts. Many of these, as well as items from the Whitewater Historical Society, can be seen in this affectionate look at Whitewater's past.
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