Blue Earth County, Minnesota
The county of Blue Earth was created after a division of the Minnesota Territory
on March 5, 1853 from portions of Dakota County and free territory. It was named after the Blue Earth River.
County Seat: Mankato
The area of Blue Earth County was once known as the "Big Woods" and was occupied
by the Dakota Indians. It was started by a French explorer, Pierre-Charles Le Sueur, who was one of the first white
people in the area, arriving at the point where the Minnesota and Blue Earth rivers meet. There, he made an unsuccessful
attempt to mine copper from the blue earth found in the area. The area remained under French control until 1803,
when it passed to the United States by the Louisiana Purchase.
In 1850 the first steamboat trip, starting in St. Paul, traveled on the Minnesota River and came to the Blue Earth
River. The first white settlers, P.K. Johnson and Henry Jackson came off the boat and settled in present day Mankato.
The ratification of the Mendota and Traverse des Sioux Treaties in 1851 effectively forced the Dakota to leave
the area for nearby reservations. Unfulfilled treaty promises and starvation on the Indian reservation led to the
Dakota War of 1862, which resulted in Dakota defeat and the largest mass execution in US history in Mankato.
Cities and Towns
Amboy, Eagle Lake, Good Thunder, Lake Crystal, Madison Lake, Mankato, Mapleton, Minnesota Lake, North Mankato, Pemberton, Skyline, St. Clair, Vernon Center
Beauford, Butternut Valley, Cambria, Ceresco, Danville, Decoria, Garden City, Jamestown, Judson, Le Ray, Lime, Lincoln, Lyra, Mankato, Mapleton, McPherson, Medo, Pleasant Mound, Rapidan, Shelby, South Bend, Sterling, Vernon Center
MILITARY: soldiers-George Lundberg, Charles E. Wise, Arthur Johnson, Harry H. Crandall
MILITARY: WWI casualty news - Walter W. Looft
DIRECTORIES: 1878 Gazetteer and Business Directory
OFFICIALS: News-John W. Schmitt, J. W. Schmidt, James Farley
OFFICIALS: Rosters-1878 County Officials
Submitted by Robin Line:
OBITS: Almon Chilson, Oline Strand, Catlins Girl
MILITARY: soldiers-L. N. Holmes
OFFICIALS: News-H. E. Swan
MILITARY: Civil War Enlistments - submitted by Martin Johnson
Submitted by Robin Line:
NEWS-CRIME: H. G. Brewer
NEWS-ILLNESS/INJURY: C. G. Roust Family, August Zingler
PEOPLE: Chris Hansen
OBITS: Mrs. Warner, Emil Prosser, Fred Schessler submitted by Robin Line
NEWS-CRIME: Tressler Brothers, Carl Wilson submitted by Robin Line
NEWS-COMMUNITY: 1925-Bank Robbery Averted, 1895 Amboy Saloons Close
BIOS: John A. Willard, John C. Wise
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