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Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
1873 - Minneapolis



"The city of Minneapolis, with its wide streets and avenues, magnificent business structures, beautiful private residences and numerous mills, is situated on both sides of the Mississippi River, at the Falls of St. Anthony. It is the new city of the Upper Mississippi Valley, and its population and manufacturing interests have increased with surprising and almost unprecedented rapidity. The earliest settlement was on the east side of the river and known as St. Anthony. Franklin Steele, Esq., a gentleman of intelligence and foresight, being at Fort Snelling (a few miles below Minneapolis) as early as 1838, had faith that the footprints of civilization would be deeply impressed on this locality, and in the fall of 1847 the St. Anthony Mill Company, of which he was a member, commenced the improvement of water power, and in August 1848, the first saw began to cut the logs which had been floated down the river from the extensive pine forests, to the north and west of the city. The first store opened in this locality was at St. Anthony in 1847, by R. P. Russell, Esq. After the Territory of Minnesota was organized, in 1849, immigrants began to pour into the new Territory and many settled around the Falls. In June, 1850, there were about 700 inhabitants. Foreseeing that the pressure of civilization would soon compel the Indians, still in this neighborhood, to cede the lands remaining in their possession on the west side of the river, Col. John H. Stevens built a house on that side in the winter of 1849, and in a few months thereafter others crossed over..."


Minneapolis City Directory for 1873, C. Wright Davison, 1873

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA