By a Blue Earth County Historical Society Volunteer
A plant that can make paper, rot-resistant rope, lotions, food and even fuel for a vehicle was once grown in Blue Earth County during the 1930’s and 1940’s. The plant I’m talking about is hemp. Hemp has been around throughout history. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper. Hemp paper acid-free can last a millennium, while wood paper last for around 25-100 years. The hemp industry is one that showed promise during the first part of the 20th century.