Upper Minnesota River Transportation

Upper Minnesota River Transportation (HM195Q)

Location: New Ulm, MN 56073 Brown County
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N 44° 18.921', W 94° 27.157'

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The first river steamboat, WEST NEWTON, passed by here in 1853 going upriver with troops to lay out the site of Fort Ridgely. Two days later TIGER and CLARION followed with men and supplies.

For the next twenty years boats brought settlers, soldiers, freight, Indian supplies and gold to the area; the boat landing near this site was very important to New Ulm, settled in 1855.

Boats varied in size, characteristic and significance. WAVE had a melodious bell; TIME AND TIDE and JEANETTE ROBERTS arrived early in spring; FRANKLIN STEELE was 'old friend' because of the many German settlers it brought to the country. NEW ULM BELLE was protected by government issued ammunition in 1862 during Indian warfare. In 1867 CHIPPEWA unloaded the first threshing machines at New Ulm. In 1870 DEXTER loaded 24,000 bushels of wheat and transported it to St. Louis, and the HUDSON, owned by Winona St. Peter Railroad, largest boat landing here, loaded 15,000 bushels of wheat in 1871.

The OTTER made 22 trips to New Ulm in 1865 and brought in over a million pounds of supplies and lumber, and loaded over four million pounds (butter, hides, earthenware and 30,000 bushels of wheat, barley, and oats). Rebuilt as a freight barge in 1872, when the railroad reached the county, the OTTER was stranded and abandoned above New Ulm in 1878, and the last boat was gone forever from the river.

Sponsored by Brown County Historical Society and Victor P. Reim - 1970
HM NumberHM195Q
Year Placed1970
Placed ByThe Brown County Historical Society and Victor P. Reim
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Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 8:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 384156 N 4907925
Decimal Degrees44.31535000, -94.45261667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 18.921', W 94° 27.157'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 18' 55.26" N, 94° 27' 9.42" W
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Area Code(s)507
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-99 S Front St, New Ulm MN 56073, US
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