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Subject: [MNDakota] 19th Century Minnesota Research Material (review)
Date: Sun, 02 Jan 2011 02:01:03 -0000
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Minnesota as it is in 1870, Its General Resources and Attractions for Immigrants, Invalids, Tourists,Capitalists, and Business Men (Principally from Official Authorities) with Special Descriptions of all its Counties and Towns,their Topography, Population, Nationalities, Products, Business, Wealth, Social Advantages and Inducements to those in Quest of Homes, Health, or Pleasure.
1870, Published by the author, J.W. McClung, St. Paul, MN
Minnesota as it is in 1870... The 300 page book is divided in two Parts. Part First contains eighteen chapters that provide statistical data describing Minnesota as it is in 1870:
* Natural Features and General View of the State
* Population and Nationality
* Official Descriptions of Every Part of the State
* Climate-General View
* Health- A Chapter for Invalids
* Theory of the Climate
* Scenery- A Chapter for Tourists
* Minnesota as a Farming Country
* Commercial Resources- Railroads, Rivers and Markets
* Manufactures and Water Power
* Minnesota as a Fruit Country
* Education and Religion
* Indians- Agencies and Trading Posts, etc.
* Scene on the Frontier
* Government Land
* Fish and game, Natural History
* Banks- Insurance Companies- Telegraphs- Stages, etc.
* Cost of Living- Prices Current- Wages, etc.
The Counties- Every County of the State in alphabetical order, and its towns, specially described as to population, nationality, soil, timber, prairie, meadow, lakes, streams, water power, area cultivated, products, prices of lands, fuel, lumber, numbers of live stock, increase of wealth and
business, number of schools, school houses, and their value, children between five and twenty-one, churches, societies, number of stores, amount of business, number of lawyers, doctors and other professions and trades, amount of buildings and improvements, advantages and openings for business, number of mills, number and location of water powers, amount of school and railroad lands unsold, and the prices and terms, post offices, etc.
An additional 66 pages are included in Minnesota as it is in 1870... containing hundreds of advertisements by contributing businesses providing historical insight into the goods and services available during this period.
Ad page 64 http://www.historic-atlas-series.com/site_images/MN_ad_1.pdf (111K PDF)
Ad page 45 http://www.historic-atlas-series.com/site_images/MN_ad_2.pdf ( 97K PDF)
Download full Table of Contents http://www.historic-atlas-series.com/TOC_MN_1870.pdf (629K PDF).
Also included on this CD are mid 19th century maps of Minnesota including State and township maps, transportation surveys depicting many places and place names along Minnesota transportation routes. While these maps are not part of the original Minnesota as it is in 1870..., researchers interested in places and place names will find the cartographic information useful for identifying the location of early Minnesota places.
Mid 19th Century Minnesota Maps included on the CD:
* 1855 Minnesota, J.H. Colton
* 186- Sewall's Map of Minnesota, D.D. Merrill, Randall & Co.
* 1874 Township and RR Map of Minnesota, A.J. Reed
Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Minnesota
The abridged Atlas CD contains high resolution (400 dpi) scanned images of vintage 19th century Minnesota maps that are presented in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). All of the 1874 Minnesota county maps are included on this CD, as are 49 city and village plat maps from this period.
Other city and village maps included on this CD: Albert Lea, Anoka, Austin, Blue Earth City, Brainerd, Brownsville, Caledonia, Carver, Chaska, Chatfield, Clencoe, Cleveland, Dodge Center, Duluth, East Janesville, Faribault, Hastings, Henderson, Kasson, Lake City, Lanesboro, Le Sueur, Litchfield, Mankato, Mantorville, Minneapolis, New Auburn, New Ulm, Northfield, Owatonna, Preston, Red Wing, Rochester, Rushford, Sauk Centre, Sauk Rapids, Shakopee, Spring Valley, St. Cloud, St. Paul, St. Peter, Stillwater, Wabasha, Waseca, Wells, Wilton, Willmar, Winona and Winnebago City.
Both the county and city maps include many larger property owners and...
Each atlas includes the following 19th century features:
* roads, railroads and canals
* cities, towns and villages
* post offices and government sites
* one-room schoolhouses, churches and cemeteries
* rivers, streams and ferries
* race tracks, fair grounds and picnic groves
* industrial sites, furnaces and mills
* early homesteads and farms
-and much more
The abridged Illustrated Historical Atlas of Minnesota may be an invaluable aid to Genealogists, Historians and researchers in search of 19th century Minnesota places and place names. These early maps often contain many places that no longer exist or that have been obscured over time; the location of churches and cemeteries may assist genealogical researchers interested in locating the last resting places of ancestors.
The Adobe Acrobat Reader is needed to view, zoom, pan and print from the PDF images; and is included free on each CD. No other software is necessary. The data has been created and configured using Adobe Acrobat for MS Windows (98, 98SE, XP, NT and 2000). The pages may be viewed in earlier versions of the software as well; and with current versions of the Adobe Reader on recent model Mac systems.
Reviews of more 19th century material may be downloaded free here:
Historic Archaeological Research
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