This week in local history


August 7, 2020

Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week.

Aug. 7

1915 Towed by the Ottumwa Belle, the last log raft passes from Minnesota and into Iowa. It was the last of just two runs on the river for the season. The sawmills along the river soon cease operations as the lumbering era draws to a close. At the peak of the timber industry in Minnesota and the region in the 1880s, some 500 rafts of white pine came down the Mississippi each month.

Aug. 8

1857 An organized baseball team is organized and for the first time in Minnesota, a baseball game is played in Nininger, a year-old city with...

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