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March 18, 2011

Mississippi River Log

Filed under: Our Favorite Things — Lori Williamson @ 4:41 pm

Mississippi River Log

This chart tracks when the ice went out on the Mississippi River between the years 1844 – 1887. It shows the date the ice broke; the name of the first boat arrived; its Captain; date; the name of the last boat to depart; number of days the river was open; date the river closed; and the number of winter days.

Surprisingly this was found in the Episcopal Church, Diocese of Minnesota, Correspondence and miscellaneous papers, 1870 – 1891, P1035. This goes to show how all Minnesotans throughout time have been obsessed with the weather!

Lori Williamson, Acquisitions & Outreach Coordinator, with special thanks to Marcia Anderson and Matt Goff

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