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Saving the Valley School, built in 1852 in south Washington County

The Valley School District 34 was built in 1852 in what was the lumbering town of Point Douglas, at the confluence of the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers in south Washington County, Minnesota. In January 2012 a small 501(c)3 organization called the Denmark Township Historical Society, signed a contract to save the school. The price […]

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Linn family

The Carl and Lena Kajsa Linn House (a.k.a. The Karl Oskar House)

When Cousin Ken came to visit us from Texas, his special request was to visit the Karl Oskar House, affectionately known as Nya Duvemala. Ken had a special interest in Swedish immigration to the US, not only because of his ancestry, but also because he had read Vilhelm Moberg’s books on Swedish immigration to Chisago […]

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Kinnickinnic Church

Kinnickinnic Church

The little clapboard church in Kinnickinnic went up shortly after the Civil War when Ulysses S. Grant was president. Built for $2,000, it opened in December 1868 and was shared by the area’s Methodists and Congregationalists for services on alternate Sundays. The Methodist design included pews with a divider down the middle keeping men and […]

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Canoe: Explore the Legacy in Spooner

When Sieur du Lhut, the first European known to have visited the valley of the St. Croix, arrived here in 1679, he would certainly not have been surprised to discover a native culture dominated by the birch bark canoe. After all, he came from the north, traveling all the way from Montreal, through wind and […]

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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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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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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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