Sunday, March 19, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: March 19

March 19, 1858 – Warden Delano of the prison was in charge of the festivities welcoming the first ‘iron horse’ to the St. Croix Valley. He called for a general illumination of every building in the city−one candle to be placed behind every pane of glass. There was music, sky rockets etc. The St. Paul Daily Times called the event ‘one of the grandest and most imposing scenes we have ever witnessed.’ However, it all turned out to be a false alarm. The depression of 1857 put an end to railroad dreams and the St. Croix Valley had to wait until 1867 when a tired and discouraged Stillwater formed an independent company of its own and built the Stillwater-White Bear Road. Only then did the Iron Horse finally reach the valley.”

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain March 19, 2017,
as long as acknowledgement included.


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