South Bend Township

History of South Bend community is traced from its origin in 1853, through the arrival of the Welsh settlers, growth to a thriving town which rivalled Mankato, and decline. Origins of Minneopa Park are traced, as well as its development.

Indian Creek

Geologic, cultural and economic history of Indian Creek area. Description of changes in natural features as the process of development affects a wildlife habitat. Flooding effects on land use and the process of land reclamation by dike building. Preservation of habitat by forming Rasmussen Woods Nature Area and Indian Lake Conservation Area.

Mills of Blue Earth County

Account is made of the many mills which have existed in Blue Earth County, the largest of which are described in detail of construction materials, dimensions, period of operation, type of mill (wind, steam and water). and use of the mill (saw, cane and grist). The fate of all these mills is presented.

Historical Clothing and Textiles

Articles of clothing and accessories provide insight into when and where people lived, their occupation, how they spent their leisure time, their social status and what organizations they belonged to. Examples include a wedding cape from 1893, a dance dress from 1925, quilts from the 1890s and 1900s, a shawl worn by a member of the Jewett family in 1865.

Greek Immigration to Mankato

The immigrants from Greece left a homeland that, thought free of oppression, was hardly wealthy and could not support a large population. The first Greek family arrived here in 1856 but the majority arrived in the early 1900s. While many of these family simply pass through, others made significant contributions to the growth of Mankato over the years.

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