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Did You Know

  • Settlers had to chop through one of the thickest walls of forest in North America to reach the soil
  • They started to hate trees and killed them by setting fire to them or by cutting deep gashes through the bark all around the tree to make it die
  • For 50 years pioneers competed in a race to destroy the dense forest that kept them from the fertile soil
  • Fire was a symbol of progress and could be seen in Chicago, 300 miles away as the settlers cleared at least five acres as stipulated for their first year improvement, and then to enlarge their farms as each year went by.