Annals of the Association of American Geographers Volume 2
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...in the upper Mississippi. But the local supply of shells diminished and now a part of the supply is brought by train to these factories from rivers many miles away. But the industry persists, though the original cause is only partially operative. The Tanning Of Leather.--In the tanning and finishing of leather, Wisconsin forms one of the quartette of leading states, and Milwaukee leads all cities. This industry was of course intimately connected with the supply of oak and hemlock bark, though chemicals are now used. Such is the influence of the natural resources of the State upon some of its chief manufactures, namely, butter and cheese, lumber and timber products, wood pulp and paper and the tanning of leather. Concentration Of Industries On The Great Lakes.--An additional point which calls for mention is the notable concentration of manufacturing at one point, the city of Milwaukee situated on one of the Great Lakes; the value of its manufactured products equals that of the next twenty cities all taken together. In fact one-third of all the manufactured articles produced in the state are produced in this one city. Milwaukee and its neighbors, Racine and Kenosha, also on Lake Michigan, have quite outgrown their dependence upon the state's raw materials and are responding to other stimuli--particularly the ever-growing demands of the expanding Middle West. The comparative value to the state of the two waterways on its borders--the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan--comes out strikingly in the fact that ten manufacturing cities have grown up on the shore of the lake and only two on the Mississippi, and the larger of these two ranks only sixth among the manufacturing cities of the state. While eight hundred thousand people live in the counties...
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