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By Milton J. Bates

The Bark River valley in southeastern Wisconsin is a microcosm of the state's - certainly, of the good Lakes region's - normal and human heritage. "The Bark River Chronicles" studies one couple's trip by way of canoe from the river's headwaters to its confluence with the Rock River and a number of other miles farther downstream to Lake Koshkonong. alongside the way in which, it tells the tales of Ice Age glaciation, the effigy mound developers, the Black Hawk struggle, early cost and the improvement of waterpower websites, and up to date efforts to take away outdated dams and mitigate the wear performed by way of water toxins and invasive species.

Along with those great tales, the publication recounts dozens of little tales linked to websites alongside the river. The iciness ice harvest, grain milling expertise, a key superb courtroom choice relating to poisonous waste disposal, a small-town circus, a scheme to hyperlink the good Lakes to the Mississippi River by means of canal, the homicide of a Chicago mobster, controversies over race and social type in Waukesha County's lake nation, neighborhood efforts to wash up the river and repair a marsh, visits to locations linked to the paintings of vital Wisconsin writers - those and plenty of different tales belong to the Bark River chronicles.

For the 2 voyageurs who paddle the size of the Bark, it's a trip of rediscovery and exploration. As they float via marshes, woods, farmland, and towns, they collect not just historic and environmental wisdom but in addition a renewed experience of where within which they dwell. Maps and old pictures aid the reader percentage their experience.

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