Ojibwe moccasin game drum, 1850-1900. When Anglo-Europeans arrived in the Great Lakes region, they found native people organized into seasonal villages with communal activities, including games and dances.
New township and railroad map of the state of Minnesota, . Author: St. Paul and Sioux City Railroad Company. The St. Paul and Sioux City was one of many railroad lines that carried people and goods, planted towns, and speculated on land.
Bird's eye view of Minneapolis, Minn., 1891. Author: F. Pezolt. Publisher: Imperial Printing Co. This map offers a not entirely unrealistic representation of the ambitious Minneapolis just before the start of the twentieth century.
Expert Essay: Professor of history Annette Atkins, author of Creating Minnesota: A History from the Inside Out, argues that "the Cities" and Minnesota's other urban and rural centers have made the state more than flyover country.