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?
At Lake Itasca, the elevation of the Mississippi River is 1,475 feet above sea level. It drops to sea level at the Gulf of Mexico. More than half of that drop occurs within the state of Minnesota.