Minnesota Valley Trail

The Red River Trails: Oxcart Routes Between St. Paul and the Selkirk Settlement, 1820-1870

Gilman , Rhonda R
This book presents the history of the oxcart trade routes connecting the Mississippi and Red rivers in the nineteenth century. The earliest of the routes across Minnesota was the Minnesota Valley Trail, which included trials along the north and south banks of the Minnesota River. The chapter on the Minnesota valley Trial provides detailed descriptions of trail routes, their use, and the surrounding lands. Maps depicting trail locations, old photographs, and line drawings supplement the text.

A Lower Minnesota River Valley Cultural Resource Study and Interpretive Plan for the Minnesota Valley State Park and Trail

Roberts, Dr. Norene
Commissioned by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, this study was designed to produce a comprehensive list of archaeological and historic sites in the Minnesota river Valley (between Mendota and le Sueur) to identify areas which might be impacted by the completion of a Minnesota Valley Trail and to provide information for interpretive sue along the trail. The report provides detailed information on such topics as ancient Native American cultures, early exploration, fur trading, major river floods, steamboating, railroads, early settlements, and stone quarrying.
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