A River Crossroad

A River Crossroad (HM1EKA)

Location: St Peter, MN 56082 Nicollet County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 21.391', W 93° 57.252'

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For centuries animals and people used the solid footing and shallow water at Traverse des Sioux as a natural river crossing.

In time the crossing became a place for people to meet and trade goods. European fur traders were quick to see the advantages of the location and set up trading houses. Some of the earliest ox-cart routes crossed the Minnesota River here, and by the early 1850s steamboats from St. Paul were passing this spot, bearing supplies for the territory's new towns and settlements.

Slow Going!

Today we can drive from St. Paul to Traverse des Sioux in under 90 minutes. In 1854 the same trip, made by steamboat, was a tedious two-and-a-half day journey."The unexhilarating pace of the boat as it struggles against the current curbs our enthusiasm," complained one correspondent for the St. Anthony Express."The steamer pokes along as if it had half a mind not to go at all. It is only by watching the shore intently for a half an hour that we can perceive that we make any progress."

Minnesota Historical Society
Traverse des Sioux
Placed ByThe Minnesota Historical Society
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Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 2:38am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 423957 N 4911914
Decimal Degrees44.35651667, -93.95420000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 21.391', W 93° 57.252'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 21' 23.46" N, 93° 57' 15.12" W
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Area Code(s)507, 651
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1707-1711 Minnesota Ave, St Peter MN 56082, US
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