VOL. 4, NO. 12
1246 University Ave., St. Paul 4, Minn.
New Metropolitan Road District Is Formed
Markers Are Clue to
Rich Minnesota History
Are you working on a highway that once was a fur traders' lonely
#or the route of Minnesota's early settlers? Did creaking Red
ox carts first break the trail where sleek cars and ponderous
trucks now whizz past? Do your
survey lines bisect a ghost city
where pioneer engineers platted a
dream that died in infancy? In
that roadside grove where you enjoy a peaceful noontime lunch, did
your own ancestors fight for their
lives against an Indian ambush?
Minnesota's 11,000 miles of
trunk highways reach or pass near
the scenes of a wealth of Minnesota's dramatic and exciting history, much ol it unknown even to
long-time residents of the state. In
many instances, physical evidence
remains to rekindle interest in the
people and events that contributed
greatly to life today in the North
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They Are Named District Engineers
E. J. McCubrey
To better meet the many particular state highway planning and construction problems of the Twin Cities urban
area, Commissioner Hoffmann on October 1 established a
new construction district—designating it as the Metropolitan
district. It brings to nine the total of construction districts in
the Highway department.
Formed from an area previously a part of Construction
District 5, the new district embraces Minneapolis and St. Paul
and their more than two dozen
contiguous suburbs, as far north
as Brooklyn Center and New
Brighton, as far south as Bloom-
ington and St. Paul Park, as far
east as North St. Paul and St. Paul
Park, and as far west as Hopkins.
(See map on page 4.)
Construction District 5, which
will remain unchanged, except for
the area in the new Metropolitan
district, previously has embraced
all of Hennepin, Bamsey, Anoka,
Chisago, Washington, Carver, Scott
and Dakota counties and the
southern portion of Wright county.
Maintenance Districts 9 and 11,
which cover Construction District
5 and the new Metropolitan dis-
George F. Welch (Continued on page 4)
Left: This early type historical marker on T.H. 1 south of Vermillion lake Kaposia village, the family home from 1839 to 1852 of Little Crow, well known
calls attention to the first iron mine in Minnesota. From the Breitung pit of the Sioux chief. An attack on the family by Sandy lake Chippewas in 1842 precipitated
Soudan mine, just north of the present community of Soudan, the first commercial the battle of Kaposia. The village was on the Mendota trail.
shipment of Minnesota iron ore was made by the Minnesota Iron Company on Right: An example of the new aluminum placques for Minnesota highway
July 31, 1884. historical markers is this one at Oronoco on U. S. 52 southeast of Pine Island.
Middle: In a roadside parking area on T.H. 56 at the entrance to Battle Here, gold was discovered in 1856 along the banks of the Zumbro river. The
Creek park near South St. Paul, this attractive monument identifies the site of resulting fair-sized gold rush was of only a year's duration.