Monday, July 24, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: July 24

July 24, 1786 – Joseph Nicolas Nicollet was born on this date in France. He was a French mathematician, explorer, cartographer with an interest in astronomy. Nicollet left for the U. S. in 1831 after being financially ruined by the 1830 Revolution. “He made a private survey of the Mississippi region (1836-7), the results of which he presented in Washington. In 1838, he led a surveying expedition for the U. S. government party mapping out the lakes and waterways of north central Minnesota. He stressed to map publishers the importance of elevation marks on published maps. His maps were considered among the most accurate and useful until the surveyors for the great logging companies arrived in Minnesota’s vast pine forests.”

Places in Minnesota named for Joseph Nicollet:

· Nicollet, Minnesota, a small city

· Nicollet County, Minnesota

· Nicollet Township, Nicollet County, Minnesota

· Nicollet Avenue, a major street in Minneapolis

· Nicollet Park, former baseball stadium in Minneapolis

· Nicollet Island, in the Mississippi River north of downtown Minneapolis

· Nicollet Mall, in downtown Minneapolis

Photos taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain July 24, 2017, 
as long as acknowledgement included.


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