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.
An account of researching the life of Maria Rablin, the first Euro-American woman to settle in Blue Earth County, becoming a farmer and whiskey distiller.
Describes the historical background of Mankato’s Front Street and some of the businesses that operated along the street between the 1860s and the 1970s, including department stores.
A history and background of the United States census and guide to using them to aid with genealogical research.
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.
The author summarizes the history of the monuments and markers of Blue Earth County, both lost and surviving. Describes Civil War monuments, the “Indian Monument” commemorating the execution of Dakota men after the U.S. Dakota War, and WWI and WWII monuments. It also includes a discussion of landmarks commemorating pioneer and milling history.
A personal genealogical background of Oldenburg, specifically telling the stories of his great-great grandparents Gustav and Antoinette Brackelsburg, and their experience in the U.S. Dakota and Civil Wars.
The author describes the role of the 2nd Regiment, which recruited from Blue Earth Country, in the Civil War, including the battle of Chickamauga, for which they were awarded congressional medals of honor. Also describes the personal lives of a number of soldiers of Company H.
A summary of the local family history of Minnesota Legislature House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher in Blue Earth County.
A summary of the historical background of Sibley Park, from its beginnings as a tradiging post, it suse after the U.S. Dakota War, its transition to a fairground, zoo, and park and its current state.