Thursday, November 2, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 2

November 2, 1905 – In the township of Ramsey, three miles west of Anoka, is a phenomenon that is puzzling the local farmers.

Many years ago, according to Indian legends, a big lake covered part of the township. When civilization came the land was found tillable, no water being there. For 50 years crops have been raised with unbroken register.

Today, from the Stein farm to A. E. Merrill’s is one broad expanse of rippling water. Along the railroad tracks the water is six and eight feet deep. Roads that have been passable since the time the old territorial road was laid out and when it was but a trail are now under water.

Where it comes from is a matter of conjecture. Some believe it is caused by springs. Others think it is due to the wet season. Yet all other seasons have been as wet and cellars did not fill or fields disappear beneath a sheet of water.

The Minneapolis Journal
; “Township Is threatened. Water Mysteriously Overflows Most of Land at Ramsey.”; Nov. 2, 1905; p. 10.

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Nov. 2, 2017,
as long as acknowledgement included.

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