A Short History of the Railroad in Blue County and how it affected the Area

The first Railroads came to Mankato in 1868 replacing the steamboat as the primary source of trade and travel.  Once the Railway arrived shorter local lines were built to serve smaller areas and meet at larger stations down the line with freight and travelers. One such line was build by the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul line from Good Thunder to Mankato in 1874. This track was built in only 5 months.

The Grand Army of the Republic

A short history of the foundation of the  Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in the years after the Civil War, with emphasis on the activity of its Minnesota and Blue Earth County posts. Also includes a summary of the personal lives of some prominent local members, including a great-grandfather of Grundmeier. 

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