History & Culture
Historic Resources Study
The Historic Resources Study (River of History: A Historic Resources Study of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area) details the geological, cultural, historical and economic foundations of one of the United States great metropolitan areas and the river that so influenced its development. An electronic version is available for reading or download.
Fort Snelling: Breaking the Code
During World War II, Fort Snelling played a vital part in the U.S.'s war with Japan. As the center of the Japanese intelligence community, the fort's facilities housed some of the most effective and courageous code breakers and translators to serve in the war.
The Mississippi/Minnesota River Confluence: Rivers and Cultures Converge
The confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers is one of the most powerfully historic places in the Twin Cities. To the Mdewakanton Dakota it has deep historic and spiritual meaning. They called the joining of the two rivers Bdote Minisota. For some, it was their place of origin, their Garden of Eden. To early Americans it became a center of trade and military authority.
St. Paul Municipal Elevator and Sackhouse (City House)
St. Paul began its life as a port city. Located at what was once the Upper Landing, the St. Paul Municipal Elevator and Sackhouse are the only remaining structures on the City's riverfront dating back to its early navigation history. They are listed on the National Register as nationally significant for their role in the farm cooperative movement in America and the origins of the current Mississippi River navigation system.
Charlie Maguire was hired by the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area to write and perform songs about the Mississippi River and the people that have been --and continue to be-- affected by its many faces.
The Flood of 1952
In 1952, a flood covered hundreds of acres of farmland, multiple cities and left over 2000 families homeless till the end of April.