Bloomington in Hennepin County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Minnesota River Valley
Then and Now
Use your imagination as you look toward the bluffs of Burnsville and visualize the great force of nature that carved out this deep river valley. At the end of the last ice age, approximately 12,000 years ago, the great inland sea, known as Lake Agassiz, burst through its banks near present-day Brown's Valley, creating the glacial River Warren, which carved out the valley of the Minnesota and upper Mississippi Rivers. Today's Minnesota River is but a small remnant of the glacial river that formed this valley. Today you won't see many boats on the river compared to the nineteenth century when native dugout canoes, settler keelboats and more that 100 steamboats plied the waters of the Minnesota River. Today you may see recreational boats or barges hauling grain from elevators in Savage down the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers
Erected by City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation.
Location. 44° 48.717′ N, 93° 16.295′ W. Marker is in Bloomington, Minnesota, in Hennepin County. Marker can be reached from Clinton Avenue South. Touch for map. In Pond-Dakota Mission Park at the end of a trail to the south. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 104th St E, Minneapolis MN 55420, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dakota Life (here, next to this marker); Oak Grove Mission (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Samuel W. and Gideon H. Pond (about 500 feet away); Changing Landscapes (about 500 feet away); Gideon and Agnes Pond House (about 500 feet away); 1856 Federal Style Gideon H. Pond House (about 500 feet away); Pond Family Heritage Timeline (about 700 feet away); Missionaries to the Dakota (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bloomington.
Categories. • Animals • Environment • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 18, 2018, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 18, 2018, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.