Sunday, September 3, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 3

September 3, 1901 – Nevers Dam on the St. Croix River is currently closed four days a week, when the water falls several feet and the bottom is very near the top. This makes the search for clams very easy, and old and young have been wading the stream gathering shells.

Several small pearl finds have been reported, but this afternoon Johnnie Emery, St. Croix Falls, found a shell in the river, above the old dam, which contained a pearl as large as a marble, perfectly round and of that peculiar luster that makes it very valuable. Those who claims to be in the know say it is the finest ever found in the west, and worth at least $2,000.

The Minneapolis Journal; “$2,000 Perl Found by Boy”; Sept. 4, 1901; p. 2.

1915 view of Nevers Dam


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