This panoramic print of Mankato, Minnesota was drawn by Albert Ruger and published by Ruger & Stoner, Merchants Lithographing Co. in 1870. Mankato was established in the 1850's at the confluence of the Minnesota and the Blue Earth Rivers. The bluish banks of the Blue Earth River were determined to contain rich deposits of copper, which gave the exposed clay a blue hue.
Differences between Mankato settlers and local Indians led to the Dakota War of 1862, which resulted in the execution of 38 Indians, at the location noted on this map. President Lincoln was able to pardon most of the 303 Indians condemned to death by a military commission, but 38 of them were executed near the waterfront at Mankato.
Railroads reached Mankato in the 1860's, advancing the town’s valued agricultural trade significantly.
The map includes labeled streets, buildings and railroad route. It features inset illustrations of the Public School and State Normal School.
Features references to the following locations:
St. P. & S. C. R. R. Depot.
R. Catholic Church.
Place of Execution of 38 Sioux Indians Dec. 1862.
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