At the Headwaters: The 1993 Flood in Southwestern Minnesota

Amato, Joseph
This collection of essays and photographs examines the 1993 flood in southwestern Minnesota. Researched and compiled by the Southwest Minnesota State University Flood Recovery Project, its focus is the origins and effects of the flood in the region, and in the city of Marshall in particular. Essays address a range of topics, including the evens of the flood; climate factors; water-control efforts; impacts on state parks, livestock, and agriculture; and personal experiences and reflections.

At the Bend in the River: An Illustrate History of Mankato and North Mankato

Lundin, Vernard E
This history examines the development of Mankato-North Mankato from 1852 to 1990, with a concentration on industries, businesses, churches, schools, institutions, organizations, culture, public health, and recreation. A chapter entitled "The River Is Conquered" addresses the issue of flooding by the Minnesota River, and Mankato's various efforts at flood control culmination in the construction of a system of walls and dikes in 1987. Numerous photographs illustrate the text, and a brief bibliography is appended.

Henderson Then and Now in the Minnesota River Valley

Deis, James
This extensive volume presents a history of the Minnesota River Valley town of Henderson. Organized by topic, the work addresses pre-town river valley history, the founding of Henderson, Sibley county development, military events, business, education, religious life, organizations, celebrations, social life and recreation, agriculture, townships, and family life. A bibliography is appended.

The Shakopee Story

Coller, Julius A
This extensive volume on the history of Shakopee spans the first hundred years of the town's existence, from 1851 to 1958. Brief introductory chapters examine the Minnesota River Valley, its exploration, and early inhabitants prior to the founding of Shakopee, while the bulk of the book describes the formation and development of the town. Sources are provided for each chapter, and numerous photographs illustrate the text. Appendices include information on the Shakopee tribe, profiles of individuals, town population figures, a chronology, and a bibliography.

Chaska: A Minnesota River City (Volume II: 1900-1950)

Barac, LaVonne E
This second of two volumes on the history of the Minnesota River town of Chaska presents information covering the years 1900 through 1950. Topics discussed include education, industry and businesses, city politics, and river flooding. Excerpts from local newspapers and historical photographs are included.

Chaska: A Minnesota River City (Volume I: The 1800s)

Barac, LaVonne E
This history of the Minnesota River town of Chaska was based primarily on early Chaska newspapers. Volume I covers historical information from before Chaska's founding in the 1850s through 1899, with chapters organized by decade. The author provides information on evidence of early habitation, Dakota Indians, and exploration of the area prior to the 1850s. topics including the formation of the town significant individuals in its history, major buildings, and transportation (roads, stage coach, ferry, steamboat, and railroads) are discussed.

Le Sueur: Town on the River

Randen, Larry C
This history of the Minnesota River town of Le Sueur was compiled as a Bicentennial Horizon History Project. It provides information on pre-town settlement issues of glacial history, American Indian inhabitants, and explorations (particularly by Le Sueur). Town settlement in the 1850s is discussed, covering the topics of naming the town, the first settlers, and immigration. Post-settlement is also explored, including such issues as transportations (e.g, river traffic, roads), natural disasters (e.g., floods, snowstorms), business and industry, education, churches, and town celebrations.

History of Steamboating on the Minnesota River

Hughes, Thomas
Following a brief discussion of early navigation on the Minnesota River by voyageurs and explorers, this article focuses on the use of steamboats fro pleasure and commerce along the river during the nineteenth century. The earliest trips are described, and the role of steamboats in supporting early settlement of the valley is highlighted. Steamboat traffic from 1852 through 1871 is detailed, including boat names, destinations and purposes, while factors contributing to its demise by the end of the century are asserted.

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).

A Small Bit of Bread and Butter: Letters from the Dakota Territory 1832-1869

Riggs, Maida Leonard
This edited collection of letters, written by pioneer missionary Mary Ann Clark Longely Riggs to her family, presents an account of life in the territory and state of Minnesota from 1837 t o1862. Grouped chronologically, the letters report on her journey west from Massachusetts, her time at the Lac Qui Parle Mission and the Mission at Traverse des Sioux, and her experiences following the 1862 Sioux Uprising.


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