Sunday, July 30, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: July 30

July 30, 1904 – What is believed to be a meteorite, freshly fallen, was found today in a pasture on Spring Brook Farm, about 2-1/2 miles south of Northfield, Minn. It weighs 130 pounds and is 18 inches long and three feet in circumference. A fragment heated in a smith’s forge became red hot and was pliable under the hammer.

No one was found who saw the meteorite fall, but it is believed to be genuine.

The meteorite was placed on exhibition in the window of The Northfield News, attracting throngs of citizens.

The Minneapolis Journal; “Northfield’s Meteorite. Thought to Be the Real thing, Tho No One Saw It Fall.”; July 30, 1904; p. 2.

The Northfield News; “Found Last Saturday. The Meteorite Found on Spring Brook Farm Attracts Many Visitors.”; Aug. 6, 1904; p. 7.


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