History of the Upper Mississippi Valley

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General Books, Mar 6, 2012 - 536 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 Excerpt: ...MANUFACTURING NEWSPAPERS CHURCHES--SOCIETIES--SCHOOLS BIOGRAPHICAL. St. Cloud, the county seat of Stearns county, lies on the west bank of the Mississippi river, on the line of the St. Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba railroad, and about seventy-five miles above St. Paul. It is built on a plateau, elevated about seventy feet above high water mark, and intersected by two ravines, known as the North and South Ravines, which run from the west to the river about half a mile apart. At the head of the South Ravine there in a small lake, containing about fifty acres, known as Lake George. This lake lies a little back of the center of the city, and by the expenditure of a few thousand dollars, might be converted into a very pleasant resort. Since the first attempt to reclaim this spot from its pristine wildness in 1852, the growth has been steady, and the inhabitants of a thrifty and energetic class, who have made St. Cloud one of the most important and substantial business points in this section of the State. The population, according to the census of 1880, had grown to 2,464, a large majority of whom are German. Early Beginnings.--The first white man to lay claim to the land on which the city of St. Cloud now stands, was Ole Bergeson, a native of Norway. He had been out with a Government surveying party during the summer of 1852, and after his return, in the fall, he located a claim here, and built a log cabin. During the winter he prepared a large number of fence rails, preparatory to inclosing his farm. General S. B. Lowry, who had, for a number of years, conducted an Indian trading post above Sauk Rapids, made a claim adjoining Bergeson on the north, also in the fall or winter of 1852. The following year, he took down the log house, which composed his dwelling a...

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