9780821417072

The Future City on the Inland Sea: A History of Imaginative Geographies of Lake Superior

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  • ISBN13:

    9780821417072

  • ISBN10:

    082141707X

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-05-01
  • Publisher: Ohio Univ Pr
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Summary

Throughout the nineteenth century, the southern shores of Lake Superior held great promise for developers imagining the next great metropolis. These new territories were seen as expanses to be filled, first with romantic visions, then with scientific images, and later with vistas designed to entice settlement and economic development. The Future City on the Inland Sea describes the attempts of explorers under government, commercial, or scientific sponsorship to project their imaginative visions on a region where the future did not happen as planned. Author Eric D. Olmanson takes a fresh look at the settlements in the vicinity of Chequamegon Bay and the Apostle Islands by analyzing the texts and images left by the missionaries, geologists, ordinance surveyors, newspaper editors, and boosters. The Future City on the Inland Sea shows how new visions of the place absorbed and replaced the old ones, eventually producing what might be called for the first time "a region." More than a regional geography, The Future City on the Inland Sea is an appraisal of these early efforts to meld geographies of physical nature with those of human ideals, a demonstration of how thoroughly and paradoxically those two realms are entangled.

Author Biography

Eric D. Olmanson is an institutional historian for the University History Project, University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Table of Contents

Prologue : Lake Superior as the "evil one's empire"p. 1
Introduction : imaginative geographiesp. 9
Reconnaissancep. 19
Through the poets' eyesp. 43
Ordering the landscapep. 73
Cities in the wildernessp. 111
The frontier, the future city, and the wild westp. 147
Northern exposuresp. 175
Epilogue : pageantry, memory, and placep. 205
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