This Day in Minnesota History

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Today's Date: August 24

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1819

Colonel Henry Leavenworth and the Fifth Infantry arrive in Mendota to build a fort at the confluence of the Mississippi and St. Peter's (later the Minnesota) Rivers on land purchased from the Dakota by Lieutenant Zebulon M. Pike in 1805. The following August, Colonel Josiah Snelling takes command of the fort, which is known as Fort St. Anthony until 1825.

1839

Lewis S. Judd and David Hone open the Marine Lumber Company on the St. Croix River.