Black and white photograph of the launching of the Genesee at Port Cargill, Savage, September 4, 1943.

Launching of the Genesee

Launching of the Genesee at Port Cargill, Savage, September 4, 1943.

Black and white photograph of a shipbuilding crew at Port Cargill, Savage, ca. 1941.

Shipbuilding crew at Port Cargill

Shipbuilding crew at Port Cargill, Savage, ca. 1941.

Black and white photograph of the launching of the Agawam at Savage, 1943. Photograph by Minneapolis Star Journal.

Launching the Agawam

Launching the Agawam at Savage, 1943. Photograph by Minneapolis Star Journal.

Black and white photograph of a Navy tanker being built at Savage, ca. 1942.

Navy tanker at Savage

Navy tanker being built at Savage, ca. 1942.

Launching of the vessel “Sweetgum,” built by Marine Iron and Shipbuilding Co., Duluth, Minnesota. Image courtesy of the United States Coast Guard.

Sweetgum Launch in Duluth

Launching of the vessel “Sweetgum,” built by Marine Iron and Shipbuilding Co., Duluth, Minnesota. Image courtesy of the United States Coast Guard.

A newspaper ad for the “Quint Fleet” launching of five boats into the Twin Ports. Used with the permission of the National World War II Museum.

Quint Fleet Launch

A newspaper ad for the “Quint Fleet” launching of five boats into the Twin Ports. Used with the permission of the National World War II Museum.

Savage Shipyard

In 1942, the US military re-purposed the Cargill shipyard at Savage to produce ships to serve in World War II. By the end of the war, the Savage shipyard had produced twenty-two ships. In 1975, many of these were scrapped, but some eventually saw service overseas.

Aerial view of US Air Force Base near Chandler, ca. 1950s.

Chandler Air Base

Aerial view of US Air Force Base near Chandler, ca. 1950s.

Zierke, Carl “Dutch Charley” (1828–1865)

In the late 1850s, Carl Zierke, arrived in Cottonwood County with his wife and three stepchildren. Known to some as “Dutch Charley,” Zierke witnessed key events in the U.S.–Dakota War of 1862. His memory is preserved in two Cottonwood County place names: Dutch Charley Creek and South Dutch Charley Park.

Color image of a decorated Belgian Relief Flour sack, ca. 1914–1918.

Decorated Belgian Relief Flour sack

Decorated Belgian Relief Flour sack, ca. 1914–1918.

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