A Little Big Piece of History

By A Blue Earth County Historical Society Volunteer

In Blue Earth County, when someone thinks of historical places, places like the Hubbard House, the Lincoln Park area, and the Dakota (Sioux) Memorial may come to mind. Many of us see them every day. However, yet another site that some of us may see regularly may not come to mind. It’s right in Sibley Park: the George Ott Cabin.

Franklin Elementary and their Lasting Commitment to Education

By A BECHS Volunteer

There are 10 elementary schools located in the Mankato Area Public Schools system and while many share a long, rich history, there are few that can match that of Franklin Elementary School. Named after Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, the school has been a part of Blue Earth County history for over a century.

Mankato’s Harmonia Hall

By Hilda Parks

The Mankato Harmonia Association was formed in the 1870’s as a German singing society.  Its membership included many of the most important businessmen of the community.  Desiring a large and well-ventilated hall for performances, the group undertook the building of Harmonia Hall, located on Second Street, between Hickory and Walnut.

The Golden Years of the Railroad

Excerpt from The Heritage of Blue Earth County by Julie Schrader, Topic 26, available in the Research & Genealogy Center.

"Steamboat service was the main means of transportation for Mankato in 1868 as the Minnesota Valley Railroad and the Winona and St. Peter Railroad inched their ways to the city. The Minnesota Valley Railroad was coming for the Twin Cities and the Winona and St. Peter road was coming from the east. 


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