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The Days of the Stage Coach

Excerpt from The Heritage of Blue Earth County by Julie Schrader, Topic 24, available in the Research & Genealogy Center.

"The stage coach was an important means of transportation in early Blue Earth County. It could travel into areas which had no navigable rivers or where navigation was impossible because of low water or ice in the winter. Because they were the only means available in many areas, they were important in forcing development of a road system and the improvement of the few existing roads.

Minneopa State Park

By: A Blue Earth County Historical Society Volunteer

The word “Minneopa” comes from the Dakota language, and is translated to English to mean “water falling twice”. Why the name was chosen is clear – there are indeed two falls in Minneopa State Park. Beautiful falls, and a lovely park overall. But what about the park’s history? What has happened to bring us the beautiful park we have today?

Blue Earth County's Hemp History

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.

Agriculture - "Our Bread and Butter"

Excerpt from The Heritage of Blue Earth County by Julie Schrader, Topic 18, available in the Research & Genealogy Center. 

"Harvesting in the early years was done by hand also. Corn was cut with a knife or sickle and shocked. It was husked, again by hand, and the ear put in a crib and the stalks used for fodder. Some picked the corn in the field and husked there, using the husking peg that fir around the finger. 

Circuses Come to Mankato

By Hilda Parks

July, 1897 must have been a delightful time for children living in Mankato.  The circus came to town twice in two weeks.  It was two circuses, both claiming to be the biggest and best in the world:  “The Big Barnum and Bailey Show” and “Ringling Bros. World’s Greatest Show: The Mastodon of Modern Shows.”


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