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"Minnesota, a territory of the United States, is bounded on the N. by British America, E. by Lake Superior and the State of Wisconsin, S. by Iowa and Missouri Territory, and W. by Missouri Territory. The Lake of the Woods, with a chain of small lakes and their outlets, form a part of the northern boundary; the St. Croix and Mississippi a part of the eastern, and the Missouri and White Earth rivers the western boundary. It lies between 42° 80' and 49° N. lat., and between about 89° 30' and 103° 30' W. Ion., being about 650 miles in extreme length from E. to W., and 430 from N. to S., including an area of nearly 106,000 square miles, or 106,240,000 acres..."

A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ...
Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.)Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1854
Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.



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  • 1783 - Republic of the United States of America gained eastern portion of Minnesota from Great Britain in American Revolution

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ mntimeln.htm

  • 1787 - Eastern Minnesota designated part of American Northwest Territories of United States; first mapping of Minnesota completed by David Thompson of North West Company

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ mntimeln.htm

  • 1803 - U. S. purchased Louisiana Territory from France, included western portion of Minnesota

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ mntimeln.htm

  • 1818 - Northern boundary of Minnesota established at the forty-ninth parallel

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ mntimeln.htm

  • 1832 - Henry R Schoolcraft discovers source of Mississippi River, Lake Itaska, in Minnesota

    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996

  • 1849 - Minnesota Territory formed with present day eastern and southern boundaries set

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ mntimeln.htm

  • 1854 - Minnesota
    Minnesota, a territory of the United States, is bounded on the N. by British America, E. by Lake Superior and the State of Wisconsin, S. by Iowa and...Read MORE...


  • 1858 - Minnesota became 32nd state

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ mntimeln.htm

  • 1862 - Dakota Indians attacked settlers for failure of land treaties and fiscal mistreatment by traders, 486 settlers killed;
    38 Indians hung at Mankato; first railroad between Minneapolis and Saint Paul completed

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ mntimeln.htm

  • News 1869 - The Minnesota House has passed a resolution removing the Capitol to Kandiyohi county. The female suffrage amendment was voted down.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    March 6, 1869

  • News January 7, 1873 - A blizzard raged across the Great Plains. Many pioneers, unprepared for the cold and snow, perished in southwest Minnesota and northwestern Iowa.

    WeatherForYou.com
    January 7, 1873

  • 1884 - Minnesota iron ore dominance begins

    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996

  • 1888 - Western Minnesota struck by major blizzard, 109 died

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ mntimeln.htm

  • News 1894 - September 1 – Great Hinckley Fire: A forest fire in Hinckley, Minnesota, kills more than 450 people.

    www.wikipedia.org
    September 1, 1894

  • 1898 - October 3 – Battle of Sugar Point: Ojibwe tribesmen defeat U.S. government troops in northern Minnesota.

    www.wikipedia.org
    October 3, 1898

  •  Minnesota, USA
    Duluth Boat Club
  •  Minnesota, USA
    Big Island Park, Lake Minnetonka, Minn.
  • News 1901 - September 2 – Vice President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt utters the famous phrase, "Speak softly and carry a big stick" at the Minnesota State Fair.

    www.wikipedia.org
    September 2, 1901

  • News February 16, 1903 - The temperature at Pokegama Dam MN plunged to 59 degrees below zero to establish a state record.

    WeatherForYou.com
    February 16, 1903

  • News 1918 - October 12 – Cloquet Fire: The city of Cloquet, Minnesota, and nearby areas are destroyed in a fire, killing 453.

    www.wikipedia.org
    October 12, 1918

  • 1918 - Influenza killed 7,521; Cloquet and Moose Lake are destroyed forest fires (Minnesota)

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ mntimeln.htm

  •  Minnesota, USA
    Broadway, Looking South, Rochester, Minn.
  • 1923 - Candy maker Frank C. Mars of Minnesota introduced the Milky Way candy bar.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ minnesota.html

  • 1931 - Ancient remains of 20,000 year old skeleton nicknamed "Minnesota Man" found in Otter Tail County

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ mntimeln.htm

  • 1940 - Blizzard struck Minnesota, over 16 inches of snow fell in 24 hours, 49 residents died, over $1,500,000 property was damaged

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ mntimeln.htm



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Big Island Park, Lake Minnetonka, Minn.

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  • 1783 - Republic of the United States of America gained eastern portion of Minnesota from Great Britain in American Revolution

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ mntimeln.htm
  • 1787 - Eastern Minnesota designated part of American Northwest Territories of United States; first mapping of Minnesota completed by David Thompson of North West Company

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ mntimeln.htm
  • 1803 - U. S. purchased Louisiana Territory from France, included western portion of Minnesota

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ mntimeln.htm
  • 1818 - Northern boundary of Minnesota established at the forty-ninth parallel

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ mntimeln.htm
  • 1832 - Henry R Schoolcraft discovers source of Mississippi River, Lake Itaska, in Minnesota

    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996
  • 1849 - Minnesota Territory formed with present day eastern and southern boundaries set

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ mntimeln.htm
  • 1854 - Minnesota
    Minnesota, a territory of the United States, is bounded on the N. by British America, E. by Lake Superior and the State of Wisconsin, S. by Iowa and... Read MORE...

  • 1858 - Minnesota became 32nd state

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ mntimeln.htm
  • 1862 - Dakota Indians attacked settlers for failure of land treaties and fiscal mistreatment by traders, 486 settlers killed;
    38 Indians hung at Mankato; first railroad between Minneapolis and Saint Paul completed

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ mntimeln.htm
  • News  1869 - The Minnesota House has passed a resolution removing the Capitol to Kandiyohi county. The female suffrage amendment was voted down.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    March 6, 1869
  • News  January 7, 1873 - A blizzard raged across the Great Plains. Many pioneers, unprepared for the cold and snow, perished in southwest Minnesota and northwestern Iowa.

    WeatherForYou.com
    January 7, 1873
  • 1884 - Minnesota iron ore dominance begins

    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996
  • 1888 - Western Minnesota struck by major blizzard, 109 died

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ mntimeln.htm
  • News  1894 - September 1 – Great Hinckley Fire: A forest fire in Hinckley, Minnesota, kills more than 450 people.

    www.wikipedia.org
    September 1, 1894
  • 1898 - October 3 – Battle of Sugar Point: Ojibwe tribesmen defeat U.S. government troops in northern Minnesota.

    www.wikipedia.org
    October 3, 1898
  • News  1901 - September 2 – Vice President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt utters the famous phrase, "Speak softly and carry a big stick" at the Minnesota State Fair.

    www.wikipedia.org
    September 2, 1901
  • News  February 16, 1903 - The temperature at Pokegama Dam MN plunged to 59 degrees below zero to establish a state record.

    WeatherForYou.com
    February 16, 1903
  • 1918 - Influenza killed 7,521; Cloquet and Moose Lake are destroyed forest fires (Minnesota)

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ mntimeln.htm
  • News  1918 - October 12 – Cloquet Fire: The city of Cloquet, Minnesota, and nearby areas are destroyed in a fire, killing 453.

    www.wikipedia.org
    October 12, 1918
  • 1923 - Candy maker Frank C. Mars of Minnesota introduced the Milky Way candy bar.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ minnesota.html
  • 1931 - Ancient remains of 20,000 year old skeleton nicknamed "Minnesota Man" found in Otter Tail County

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ mntimeln.htm
  • 1940 - Blizzard struck Minnesota, over 16 inches of snow fell in 24 hours, 49 residents died, over $1,500,000 property was damaged

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ mntimeln.htm

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