Shadows of the Past: Lost Villages of Blue Earth County.

Steven Ulmen
Issue Date: 
Fall 2008

Early settlements, associations of individuals, were formed by families or extended families, colonies from the Old Country, or along railroads and rivers. Settlement in Blue Earth County began in 1855 and blossomed through the 1860s. Origins, flourishing and decline to oblivion of a number of such communities is described.

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Communities. Edward D. Neill. Colonization. Railroad. Bradley Station. Cray. Omaha Railroad. Fremont. Shelbyville. Stone. Minneopa. Caroline. Ceresco. Pleasant Mound. Medo. Little Cobb. Cream. Volksville. Watonwan City. Blaine. Lowell. Crystal Lake City. Mankato Mineral Springs.