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The Arcola High Bridge – A Significant Span

Originally published here. On June 1, 1911, construction was completed on a half-mile long, 185-foot tall railroad bridge near Stillwater. Two days later, the first train crossed the bridge. About four still do so every day. A small group of people visited the bridge on the Minnesota side Wednesday evening, its 100th birthday. The gravel […]

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Wild Side: Deepest, darkest Pierce County

Most of Pierce County has been dissected by streams, leaving high rolling uplands and “coulee” valleys with steep sides. The slopes are steeper and the valleys are deeper in the eastern and southern parts of the county. I call that territory “deepest, darkest Pierce County” because the sun doesn’t shine for long in winter in […]

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River Falls, Wisconsin- The Swinging Bridge at Glen Park

One of the most beloved icons of River Falls, Wisconsin, is its Swinging Bridge. As a gateway between historic Glen Park and Cascade Avenue, the bridge offers a wonderful view of the South Fork rapids as they begin their entry into the Kinnickinnic River. Glen Park, a 41 acre park established in 1898, is the […]

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Henry Lewis paintings

Henry Lewis did several paintings along the rivers in Minnesota in the mid 1800s. 2 of which concern the St. Croix – Gorge of the St. Croix and Cheevers Mill on the St. Croix – both painted in 1847. They can be found at the Minneapolis Institue of Arts and on their website at artsmia.org.

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Mid 1800 beauty

Mouth of the St. Croix River (Minnesota). Hermann Meyer 18-19th Century Prints > Town Views Minnesota H. J. Meyer, New York. Steel plate engraving with modern handcoloring, c.1850. Image size 4 1/8 x 6″ plus title and margins. Drawn after nature. For the Proprietor Hermann J. Meyer. From “Meyer’s Universum”. Herrmann Meyer is known for […]

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Mercord Mill Park- where the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers Meet

Prescott, Wisconsin is where the St. Croix River flows into the Mississippi River. The mouth of the St. Croix empties its sapphire blue waters into the mighty Mississippi, and all this is visible at Mercord Mill Park, just a block or two away from downtown Prescott (for a bluff side view of the mixing of […]

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Sandrock Cliffs

This unique stretch of the St. Croix, near Grantsburg, has cliffs about 50 feet high that come right up to the water’s edge. Except for the Dalles, I don’t know anywhere else on the river with such a canyon. It feels like you could be in a pretty exotic location, but it’s the amazing river […]

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