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Black Hawk

To: alt.lucky.w
From: "John M. Hansen" 
Subject: Re: Black Hawk
Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2000 01:22:02 -0400

    Abraham Lincoln fought in the 'Black Hawk War,' which took place
along the Wisconsin and Illinois border, and headed further up into
Wisconsin.   His statue, by a sculpture whose daughter was married
to the late Senator Douglas from Illinois, stands along the Rock
River, across from Oregon Illinois.  I do not have the dates for the
Black Hawk war, and remember it only because of a rather unusual
occurance which I shall now bore you with.
    One dark and stormy night I was traveling in Wisconsin somewhere
nearer  the Mississippi river than Lake Michigan, when I stopped for
the night at a very run down hotel, the only one I had seen on that
road for several hours.  I checked in, and for $2.00 or so I
received a room for the night.  I recall that the bed room was quite
small, but that it had very high ceilings.  In the morning as I
checked out I noticed a dirty paper fixed to the wall in a broken
picture frame.  It bore a typewritten note to the effect that
Abraham Lincoln had stayed in this very same hotel on his route of
return from the Black Hawk war.  So much for travel accommodations
in Wisconsin forty years ago.
    Black Hawk lead an Indian revolt, and while he was defeated, he
apparently managed to make some improvement in the condition of his
people.  He was a noted Indian chief, as well as gaining a
reputation as a warrior.  His name graces several spots in both
Wisconsin and Illinois.  There is also a 'Black Hawk trail,' which
wends its way somewhere in Illinois, and is used by boy scouts to
complete their twenty mile hike requirement for their first class
scout award.
Best Wishes,
John M. Hansen

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