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Devils Lake in Ramsey County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Landing of the Steamboat "Minnie H."

 
 
Landing of the Steamboat "Minnie H." Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 15, 2012
1. Landing of the Steamboat "Minnie H." Marker
Inscription.  
This commemorates
the landing of the steamboat
”Minnie H.”
built and commanded by
Captain E. E. Herman
July 4, 1883

Erected by
Lakewood Booster Club
1933

 
Erected 1933 by Lakewood Booster Club.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 48° 6.456′ N, 98° 51.897′ W. Marker is in Devils Lake, North Dakota, in Ramsey County. Marker is at the intersection of College Drive South and Walnut Street West, on the right when traveling north on College Drive South. Marker is located beside the sidewalk, directly in front of Minnie H Elementary School. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 210 College Drive South, Devils Lake ND 58301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Keating's Furniture Annex (approx. 0.3 miles away); Downtown Devils Lake Historic District (approx. 0.4 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Capt. Edward Heerman's surname is misspelled as "Herman" in the inscription.
 
Also see . . .
1. Steamboat captain pilots thriving community
Landing of the Steamboat "Minnie H." Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 15, 2012
2. Landing of the Steamboat "Minnie H." Marker
. From 1883 to 1909, the most active steamboat in North Dakota never operated on any of the state's rivers. The Minnie H, owned and operated by Capt. Edward Heerman, only saw service on Devils Lake. However, the boat was active seven days a week, making daily runs from the town of Devils Lake to the military base at Fort Totten. The steamboat also made trips to other towns on the lake six days a week. (Submitted on December 15, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Captain Heerman and the Minnie H. The building of the steamboat Minnie H on the shores of Devils Lake was something of an epic in the history of the Midwest. In 1882-1883 the country was still almost a wilderness, opened to white settlement only the year previous, with no organized county, townships, or villages, and little or no shelter or protection except for the military post at Fort Totten. Captain Edward Edson Heerman, born in Vermont in 1834, had a long career of steam boating. Almost all of his boats were named in one way or another for his only daughter, Minnietta Heerman, later Mrs. Minnie Heerman Naugle of Devils Lake. (Submitted on December 15, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. The Minnie H.. Heerman shipped the materials by train to Devils Lake where he assembled the boat. Heerman had invested
Landing of the Steamboat "Minnie H." Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 15, 2012
3. Landing of the Steamboat "Minnie H." Marker
$35,000 in the steamboat that would run on an inland lake with no outlet. On July 4, 1883, passengers left the first passenger train to arrive in Devils Lake city to board the steamboat, Minnie H. (Submitted on December 15, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 15, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 35 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 15, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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