From Gunflints to Moon Rocks: History of the Bureau of Mines Twin Cities Research Center
The area around Coldwater Spring has been culturally significant for hundreds of years. Read below to find out why.
A Confluence of Histories
Minnesota’s First Settlement
On June 8, 1857, the U.S. Army sold Fort Snelling to Franklin Steele for $90,000 but bought it back only four years later with the start of the Civil War. Soldiers from Fort Snelling located initially at Coldwater Spring in 1820 for the fresh water supply.
From Deep in the Earth to High on the Moon
A New Chapter
Did You Know?
Over 600 men worked around the clock using hand tools, horses and coal powered shovels to build the original Coon Rapids Dam in 1913. The dam was rebuilt between 1995 and 1997.