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The Early History of Steamboating on the Minnesota River

Petersen, William John
This paper draws on newspaper accounts and other historical reports to discuss the use of steamboats for pleasure, transportation, and commercial travel on the Minnesota River in the nineteenth century. The author explores the role that growing river-valley towns and the formation of the Sioux agencies played in the need for steamboat transport in the 1850s and 1860s.
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