Ramsey County History magazine offers a wide variety of articles on the people, places and history of Ramsey County.
Volume 32, Number 2: Summer 1997
The Last of its Kind in Minnesota: The Old Wabasha Bridge and How it Linked East to West
Author: Demian J. Hess
The current Wabasha Street Bridge is the third at that location. This article tells the story of the first two bridges (built in 1859 and 1888–89, respectively), their engineering and construction, and their intimate connection with the development of the city’s West Side.
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Millions of Years in the Making: The Geological Forces that Shaped St. Paul
Author: Edmund C. Bray
The geological history of what became St. Paul, starting with an epicontinental sea 455 million years ago, through the glacial era and Glacial Lake Agassiz, the Glacial River Warren, and the spectacular waterfall that carved the gorge of today’s downtown.
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No Grass Beneath Her Feet: Harriet Bishop and Her Life in Minnesota
Author: Norma Sommerdorf
Harriet Bishop came to St. Paul in 1847 and died there in 1883. In that time she taught school, dealt in real estate, married and divorced, wrote books and poetry, and organized the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. She is by far the most remembered female early settler, and Harriet Island is named for her. This article tells her story.
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Growing Up in St. Paul: West Seventh Street: Czechs, Slovaks, Bohemians, and Kolache Dough Rising in the Warm Attic
Author: Emily Panushka Erickson
A memoir of growing up in one of St. Paul’s ethnic neighborhoods in the early twentieth century (the author was born in 1900). Quite a few of the buildings and institutions mentioned in the article still exist.
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Elizabeth Taylor, The Far Islands and Other Cold Places—Travel Essays of a Victorian Lady (St. Paul: Pogo Press, 1997).
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