HGIA: Wisconsin Central Railroad Advertisement, ca. 1880

Land sale announcement card

Advertisement for land, shaped like a cut tree
Image courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society, WHi-24505.

This two-sided log-shaped card was distributed by the Wisconsin Central Railroad ca. 1880. Addressed to prospective immigrants, the German text states that “our German friends would do very well to send this card to one of their acquaintances in Europe and mention to them [sic] that they can receive valuable information about the state of Wisconsin free of charge by sending their address to K. K. Kennan in Basel.” The English text, apparently for those already living in the U.S., states that one could get information by writing to the land commissioner of the Wisconsin Central Railroad in Milwaukee.

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