Snippets of Blue Earth County History:
Steamboating on the Minnesota River
[Black Hawk Steamboat, 1852]
"In 1852, three steamboats made seven trips to Mankato. The Tiger made three trips in April and May and the Black Hawk made three trips later in the season. The Jenny Lind made one trip. The three steamboats had a goodly number of passengers and a good load of freight each trip.
"The first boat to ascend the Minnesota River in 1853 was the Greek Slave, a sidewheeler. She arrived in Mankato on April 7th with 150 passengers and a large quantity of freight. In the spring of 1853 two events occurred which greatly stimulated traffic on the river. One was the establishment of two Sioux agencies on its headwater and the other was the location of Fort Ridgely in the same locality. On April 26th, the West Newton took on board two companies of U.S. Troops at Fort Snelling and conveyed them to the site of the new fort. The Tiger, Shenandoah and the Clarion, each with barges in tow, went up the Minnesota, loaded with the baggage of the soldiers and material supplies for the new fort and Indian agencies. Continue Reading . . .
This snippet is from The Heritage of Blue Earth County by Julie Schrader. To read the full article, please visit the Research Center.