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By Keith L, July 22, 2009
Bolles Flour Mill Marker
Minnesota (Washington County), Afton — Bolles Flour Mill
About 1843, six years before Minnesota became a territory, Lemuel Bolles erected on this creek the first commercial flour mill in the Minnesota country. Bolles salvaged wood from the shore of Lake St. Croix and carried it on his back to the mill . . . — Map (db m21729) HM
Minnesota (Washington County), Bayport — Bicentennial Monument
1776 1976 In memory of the 200th anniversary of the American Revolution and the freedoms for which it was fought. May they always be. Sponsored by Hesley Jensen Post 491 American Legion and friends Beneath this . . . — Map (db m44162) HM
Minnesota (Washington County), Bayport — World War Memorial
Dedicated by The American Legion and Auxiliary to Hesley Jensen Neil Moen & Hans Nelson Who Made the Supreme Sacrifice in the World War 1914–1918 — Map (db m72024) WM
Minnesota (Washington County), Forest Lake — Ribbons of Steel
Railroads were charted in Minnesota as early as 1853, but it was not until 1862 that Minnesota's first railroad began to operate on ten miles of track connecting St. Paul with St. Anthony (now part of Minneapolis). In 1870, the Northern Pacific . . . — Map (db m5289) HM
Minnesota (Washington County), Lakeland — The St. Croix River Valley / Welcome to Minnesota
The St. Croix River Valley Forming a long stretch of the border between Minnesota and Wisconsin, the St. Croix is one of America's most scenic Wild Rivers. Its valley is sometimes referred to as the "New England of the West." Along with the . . . — Map (db m3093) HM
Minnesota (Washington County), Marine on St. Croix — Boom, Then Bust
"From here, the first log in the race, Went forth to seek a dwelling place." Harriet Bishop, Minnesota, Then and Now, 1869 The St. Croix River ranked second only to the Mississippi as a carrier of logs and . . . — Map (db m54391) HM
Minnesota (Washington County), Marine on St. Croix — Early Settler's Cabin
Swedish immigrant Sven Anderson built this early settler's cabin in 1852; some of the cabin logs still show the marks from the axe, which squared them. Sven and his wife Stava raised three children in this cabin, and it was their home until 1869. . . . — Map (db m44601) HM
Minnesota (Washington County), Marine on St. Croix — Marine
In 1857 these millstones were installed at Marine in one of the early flour and grist mills of Minnesota Territory. Water from a stream south of this site was conveyed by a race or flume to furnish power for the overshot mill wheel. Later, rollers . . . — Map (db m28509) HM
Minnesota (Washington County), Marine on St. Croix — Marine
The first commercial sawmill in Minnesota was erected 300 feet east of here in 1838. The lumbering industry, which monopolized the minds and talents of men in the St. Croix Valley for three-quarters of a century, was born with the erection of this . . . — Map (db m28535) HM
Minnesota (Washington County), Marine on St. Croix — Marine Mill Site
One of Minnesota's first major industries was born here on August 24, 1839, when the slow, cumbersome up-and-down saw of the Marine Lumber Company cut the first commercial lumber in the state from trees felled in the rich white pine forests of the . . . — Map (db m45392) HM
Minnesota (Washington County), Marine on St. Croix — Minnesota's First Commercial Sawmill
Sawmilling began here on August 24, 1839, when the Marine Lumber Company cut its first pine log. In the autumn of 1838 two lumbermen from Marine, Illinois, David Hone and Lewis Judd, arrived in the St. Croix River valley, attracted by it's . . . — Map (db m51703) HM
Minnesota (Washington County), Marine on St. Croix — Powerhouse and Kiln
Sawmills cut logs into rough boards. The boards were then planed and smoothed to emerge as finished lumber. To your left are the remains of the planing-mill powerhouse. The square stone at the bottom of the ruin once supported a 50-horsepower . . . — Map (db m54832) HM
Minnesota (Washington County), Marine on St. Croix — Technological Revolution
"... a lonely and forgotten reminder of the hopes of men and of the lusty lumber industry which did much to build an expanding America." James Taylor Dunn, The St. Croix: Midwest Border River, 1979 The stone ruins . . . — Map (db m54137) HM
Minnesota (Washington County), Marine on St. Croix — The Marine Township Hall
The Marine Township Hall was constructed in 1872 as a meeting hall and jail. The building was erected on property donated by Orange Walker. Its construction was financed by Morgan May who took the town's bonds for the necessary $2,000. Members of . . . — Map (db m45939) HM
Minnesota (Washington County), Marine on St. Croix — The Pineries are Gone
A Great Pine Forest The St. Croix River valley's sandy loam soil is ideal for growing pine. In the 19th century its forests were filled with white pines. Many of them were two to three hundred years old, four to five feet in . . . — Map (db m55015) HM
Minnesota (Washington County), Marine on St. Croix — William O'Brien State Park
William O'Brien State Park was established in 1945 with a donation to the State of Minnesota of 180 acres by Alice O'Brien. This gift was given in memory of her father William O'Brien, who was a pioneer lumberman. This marker is dedicated to . . . — Map (db m52902) HM
Minnesota (Washington County), Stillwater — 114 North Main Street
This property has been listed as a Contributing Member of the District by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m78663) HM
Minnesota (Washington County), Stillwater — 1884 Upper St. Croix River Log Jam
[Title is text] — Map (db m78621) HM
Minnesota (Washington County), Stillwater — 1965 Easter Sunday Floodwater Crest
On Easter Sunday April 18, 1965 floodwaters of the St. Croix River crested here at 694.07 ft. above sea level, highest stage ever recorded at this point, and 19 ft. above normal. A mile-long dike built by hundreds of volunteer workers, including . . . — Map (db m78691) HM
Minnesota (Washington County), Stillwater — 226 East Myrtle Street Stillwater National Historic District
This property has been listed as a Contributing Member of the District by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m78661) HM
Minnesota (Washington County), Stillwater — Birthplace of Minnesota 1848 1948
On this site, in the frontier river settlement of Stillwater, sixty-one delegates from the vast unorganized wilderness west of the St. Croix assembled on August 26, 1848 to hold the Minnesota Territorial Convention. In this convention the name . . . — Map (db m78686) HM
Minnesota (Washington County), Stillwater — Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Freight House
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m78641) HM
Minnesota (Washington County), Stillwater — Civil War Flank Howitzer Dedicated July 4, 2008
In honor and remembrance of all Washington County veterans. This monument was made possible by the generous donation of the Margaret Rivers Fund and other contributors. — Map (db m78708) WM
Minnesota (Washington County), Stillwater — Connolly Shoe Company Building Stillwater National Historic District
This property has been listed as a Contributing Member of the District by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m78660) HM
Minnesota (Washington County), Stillwater — Geology of Minnesota Stillwater Region
     The site of this tablet marks the northern limit of Lake St. Croix, impounded by the natural dam of sand and gravel, made by the Mississippi where it is joined by the St. Croix River, twenty miles below Stillwater. The . . . — Map (db m43994) HM
Minnesota (Washington County), Stillwater — John Karst Block Stillwater National Historic District
This property has been listed as a Contributing Member of the District by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m78688) HM
Minnesota (Washington County), Stillwater — Lake St. Croix
Waters from merging glaciers several thousand years' ago carved deep valleys for the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers. Deprived of the glacial waters the rivers were so reduced in volume and carrying power that they were unable to maintain clear . . . — Map (db m16148) HM
Minnesota (Washington County), Stillwater — Lumbermen's Exchange Building 1890
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m78640) HM
Minnesota (Washington County), Stillwater — Minnesota Territory 1849 – 1858 / Washington County Takes Shape
Minnesota Territory 1849 – 1858 On March 3, 1849, during his last hours in office, President James K. Polk signed a bill adding a new name to the American political landscape – Minnesota Territory. A vast land, it stretched from . . . — Map (db m43908) HM
Minnesota (Washington County), Stillwater — Northern States Power Company Division Offices Stillwater National Historic District
This property has been listed as a Contributing Member of the District by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m78657) HM
Minnesota (Washington County), Stillwater — Samuel Bloomer
Samuel Bloomer, Married Miss Nellie Pressnell, who was born in Shipton- Under-Wychwood, England, Aug. 10, 1845. Children: Chas. H. Bloomer, Born Sept. 27, 1866, Died Apr. 25, 1891. Grace G Bloomer Born Feb. 18, 1872, . . . — Map (db m72008) HM WM
Minnesota (Washington County), Stillwater — Simonet's Furniture and Carpet Company Building Stillwater National Historic District
This property has been listed as a Contributing Member of the District by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m78643) HM
Minnesota (Washington County), Stillwater — Site of the Stillwater High School
This was the site of the Stillwater High School from 1887 - 1994. The Stillwater Veterans Memorial was built on this historic site and dedicated on Memorial Day 2004. The plaques on the Wall of Honor spire list the names of veterans who . . . — Map (db m72045) HM
Minnesota (Washington County), Stillwater — Smithson Paper Box Company Building Stillwater National Historic District
This property has been listed as a Contributing Member of the District by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m78642) HM
Minnesota (Washington County), Stillwater — Soldiers and Sailors Monument
Dedicated to the Soldiers and Sailors of the United States Enlisting or Residing in Washington County ——— Erected by the Citizens of Washington County 1916 center panel Minnesota Alcorn James 2nd Cav. . . . — Map (db m72153) WM
Minnesota (Washington County), Stillwater — WA-SWT-004 — St. Croix Boom Site
Center of log and lumbering activities in this region for over half a century prior to 1914. Here millions of logs from the upper St. Croix and tributaries were halted, sorted, and rafted, later to be sawed into lumber and timber products. More . . . — Map (db m44673) HM
Minnesota (Washington County), Stillwater — St. Croix Lumber Mills / Stillwater Manufacturing Company Stillwater National Historic District
This property has been listed as a Contributing Member of the District by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m78658) HM
Minnesota (Washington County), Stillwater — Stillwater Veterans Memorial
Veterans Memorial Dedicated 2004 These plaques form a Wall of Honor that bears the names of the more than 100 service personnel who attended Stillwater area schools and lost their lives in times of war. Veterans, living or dead, . . . — Map (db m72031) WM
Minnesota (Washington County), Stillwater — WA-SWC-714 — Tamarack House
Here in 1839, in Crawford County, Wisconsin Territory, Joseph R. Brown, first settler of this valley, laid out the town of Dahcotah. The following year as a member of the Wisconsin Territorial Legislature, Brown secured passage of a bill setting up . . . — Map (db m43754) HM
Minnesota (Washington County), Stillwater — The Warden's House
In 1849, the Governor of the new Territory of Minnesota, Alexander Ramsey, urged the Territorial Legislature to provide for a "proper and safe place of confinement" for prisoners of the territory. Because of Ramsey's request, the Legislature . . . — Map (db m43747) HM
Minnesota (Washington County), Stillwater — Veterans Memorial
This flag, which once flew over the United States Capitol in Washington D.C., now flies proudly over Main Street, Stillwater, Minnesota. It is placed as a memorial to all Veterans, who in times of wars and in times of peace, throughout the . . . — Map (db m78689) WM
Minnesota (Washington County), Stillwater — Washington County Courthouse
Minnesota's first courthouse, a three-room frame structure erected at the corner of 4th and Chestnut Street in Stillwater in 1849, had become inadequate by 1866. On November 6 of that year, Washington County voters approved funds for the . . . — Map (db m43865) HM
Minnesota (Washington County), Stillwater — Washington County Public Land Donation
. . . — Map (db m78707) HM

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