Utilizes many valuable sources in tracing the exploration and development of the “great bend of the Minnesota River that marks the north boundary of Blue Earth County.”
Traces the rise and fall of the site on Spring Brook, six miles east of Mankato that might have become a famous health spa. “Mineral Springs” can still be found on current Blue Earth County maps.
Only a few artifacts remain to show that once two railwaysystems operated in Mankato. The author traces the locations and persons involved during the years 1895 to 1930 when this mode of transportation flourished.
Local residents and communities enjoyed their “sky-watching parties” for this once-in-75-years appearance of the outer-space visitor
In 1849, the superintendent of farming for the Sioux living in the Minnesota River Valley filed a report on agriculture in the new territory of Minnesota. The author describes the article as a fascinating account of the food cultivated by the Indians and its “procuring, cooking and curing for use.”
A long-time MSU professor and Camp Fire leader, the author reminisces about the 75-year history of the organization and local women who gained national renown.
Review of the holiday celebration a century ago, replete with details and nostalgic information.
Patriotism was prime in 1944, with area residents seeking ways to honor local members of the United States armed forces. Probably the most lasting memento of this was the beautification of the new Highway 22 from Mankato to Mapleton.. Today it still has no billboards but most of its “living tribute of trees and shrubs” still grace the Victory Highway.
Retired English teacher Fitzsimmons includes interviews with local residents as well as many print sources in her comprehensive look at Good Thunder from 1881-1912.
Surveys the local industry to 1893, noting that the William Bierbauer Brewery (the first brewery west of St. Paul, Minnesota) was the only one still in existence in 1920 when the Prohibition Act was passed. The Bierbauer buildings were used until 1967, and demolished in 1971.