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.

Capability of the Lower Minnesota River to Support Additional Commercial Navigation

Edwards and Kelcey, Inc
This study was designed to determine physical factors limiting ht capability of the lower Minnesota River transportation system to support additional commercial navigation, and the extent to which additional development could occur without degrading wetlands or woodlands. The report presents information on existing conditions (the social and natural environments, and navigations), the existing capacity of the transportation system, and factors limiting navigation expansion (e.g., barge and tow operations, terminal operations).
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