How The Environment Has Shaped the State

From Sustenance to Leisure on Minnesota Land

Expert Essay: Associate professor of history Michael J. Lansing, published in Environmental History as well as Ethics, Place, and Environment, highlights the many ways people have made use of Minnesota's flora and fauna over time and reviews the state's more recent efforts at conservation.

Dakota elder Vernell Wabasha talks about the Jeffers Petroglyphs site

Dakota elder Vernell Wabasha talks about the Jeffers Petroglyphs site. Posted to YouTube by the Minnesota Historical Society on April 23, 2009.

Gate lifters at Gull Lake Dam

Gate lifters at Gull Lake Dam

West-facing view of the gate lifters at Gull Lake Dam, 1968.

Upstream view of Gull Lake Dam

Upstream view of Gull Lake Dam

Upstream view of Gull Lake Dam, 1968.

Gull Lake Dam site

Gull Lake Dam site

Gull Lake Dam site, October 7, 1911.

Gull Lake Dam construction diagram

Gull Lake Dam construction diagram

Gull Lake Dam construction diagram, 1910.

Gull Lake Dam

Gull Lake Dam

Gull Lake Dam (Cass County), October 7, 1911.

Gull Lake Dam

The sixth and final dam in the Headwaters Reservoir System, Gull Lake Dam was built in 1912 to increase the output of mills and turbines downstream. In 2019, the dam maintains water levels for recreation and navigation, and the site is also home to ancient burial mounds and a recreation area.

Wolf Diorama

Francis Lee Jaques, Wolf Diorama. Taxidermy diorama, 1940. Photography by Kit Larson. Used with the permission of the Bell Museum and the University of Minnesota.

Francis Lee Jaques and Florence Page Jaques

Francis Lee Jaques and Florence Page Jaques

Francis Lee Jaques, Francis Lee Jaques and Florence Page Jaques. Photograph, ca. 1960. Gift of Dorothy Morey. Used with the permission of the Bell Museum and the University of Minnesota.

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