“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Minneapolis in Hennepin County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Franklin Steele


— Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Trail —

Franklin Steele Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 22, 2014
1. Franklin Steele Marker
Inscription.  A young Pennsylvanian won the race to grab land at the Falls of St. Anthony after the area was opened to settlement in 1838. Franklin Steele, the sutler (civilian storekeeper) at Fort Snelling, staked his claim in a moonlight caper that beat out the fort's commander. Handicapped by lack of capital, he was slow to develop the waterpower. It was ten years before Steele and several partners built the first dam across the east channel, started operating a sawmill, and laid out the townsite of St. Anthony.
Erected by St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1838.
Location. 44° 59.017′ N, 93° 15.212′ W. Marker is in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in Hennepin County. Marker is on Southeast Main Street just east of Southeast 3rd Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located along the riverfront trail, across Main Street from the Pillsbury A Mill. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Minneapolis MN 55414, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this
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2. Franklin Steele Marker
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marker. Pillsbury A Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Power on the East Side (within shouting distance of this marker); The Falls That Built the City (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The Pillsbury A Mill (about 500 feet away); Main Street Builds (about 600 feet away); The Whirlpool (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pettingill's Wonderful Water (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sawmilling: The City's First Industry (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Minneapolis.
Also see . . .  Franklin Steele (Wikipedia). The land on both sides of the Mississippi River at St. Anthony Falls was controlled by the U.S. Government as part of the Fort Snelling Reservation. In 1838, the fort commander, Joseph Plympton convinced the government to release the east bank of the river for settlement, hoping to stake a personal claim on the valuable land closest to the Falls. But Steele staked the first claim on the land before sunrise on the first day of legal settlement. He claimed a half-mile of east-bank riverfront, controlling half of the water power of St. Anthony Falls. (Submitted on August 31, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 31, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 119 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 31, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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May. 17, 2022