A resource for reliable information about significant people, places, events, and things in Minnesota history.
The July 13, 1890, capsizing of the steamer Sea Wing on Lake Pepin and the deaths of ninety-eight of its passengers horrified Minnesota and the nation. The accident ranks among the most deadly on America’s inland waterways.
Tennessee Street during flood, 1952.
Aerial view of West Side during flood, 1952.
Looking north across the Flats during high water 1881. The raised street is Wabasha.
Man with string of fish caught in Itasca Lake, c.1915.
Mary Gibbs, commissioner of Itasca State Park and the first woman in the U.S. to hold the position of park commissioner, 1903. Photographer unknown.
Pine woods at Lake Itasca, 1900. Photographer unknown.
Outdoor activities at Itasca State Park, 1898. Photographer unknown.
Jacob Brower, 1897. Brower was a surveyor who was instrumental in forming Itasca State Park and became the park’s first commissioner. Photographer unknown.
Detailed hydrographic chart of the source of the Mississippi River (Lake Itasca) and surrounding area completed by Jacob Brower in 1891.
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