Minnesota, Its Advantages to Settlers, 1869: Being a Brief Synopsis of Its History and Progress, Climate, Soil, Agricultural and Manufacturing Facilities, Commercial Capacities, and Social Status; Its Lakes, Rivers and Railroads; Homestead and Exemption Laws; Embracing a Concise Treatise on Its Climatology, in a Hygienic and Sanitary Point of View; Its Unparalleled Salubrity, Growth and Productiveness, as Compared with the Older States; and the Elements of Its Future Greatness and Prosperity

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Girart Hewitt, 1869 - 41 strani
This book was published by the State of Minnesota and was intended to attract settlers. Among the attractions it promotes are the State's agricultural and manufacturing resources and production, climate and its healthful benefits, transportation network, social conditions, natural beauty, and abundance of available land for homesteading. There are descriptions of railroad routes.
 

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Stran 4 - ... and the dwelling house thereon, and its appurtenances, owned and occupied by any resident of the State, not exceeding in value fifteen hundred .dollars, shall be exempt from forced sale on execution...
Stran 6 - The Minnesota River, the source of which is among the Coteau des Prairies, in Dakota Territory, flows from Big Stone Lake, on the western boundary of the State, a distance of nearly 500 miles, through the heart of the southwestern part of the State, and empties into the Mississippi at Fort Snelling, 5 miles above St. Paul. It is navigable as high up as the Yellow Medicine, 238 miles above its mouth during good stages of water. Its principal places are Shakopee, Chaska, Carver, Belle Plaine, Henderson,...
Stran 4 - That no lands acquired under the provisions of this Act shall in any event become liable to the satisfaction of any debt or debts contracted prior to the issuing of the patent therefor.
Stran 4 - ... that he is a citizen of the United States, or has declared his intention to become such...
Stran 32 - It sometimes seems to me that in refining upon the blessings of education we forget altogether what knowledge is for. So far as the improvement of man's estate is concerned we know only in order to do. Knowledge unapplied is sterile. It is only fruitful when it makes two blades of grass grow where only one grew before, when it converts "raw material" into useful objects, or when it directs into some useful channel the forces of nature which were previously running to waste or doing injury to man....
Stran 8 - But the oak-openings and groves which are scattered through the uplands along the streams form a large resource of the prairie population for domestic and mechanical purposes. The Sparsely Wooded District. — The Upper Valley of the Minnesota and Red River sustains no forest-growth, except upon the trough of the main and tributary streams and the margins of the lakes.
Stran 17 - State, is a feature whose value as an element of developement, can scarcely be over estimated, as it gives to every neighborhood the means of manufacturing its own flour and lumber, and affords the basis of all those numerous local manufactures which enter into the industrial economy of every northern community.
Stran 17 - The St. Croix Falls, which are only second to St. Anthony Falls in hydraulic power, are similarly, though somewhat less advantageously situated at the head of navigation upon a tributary of the Mississippi. Except the Minnesota, nearly every tributary of the Mississippi, in its rapid and broken descent to the main stream, affords valuable mill sites. The Mississippi itself, in its descent from its Itasca summit to Fort Snelling, in which it falls 836 feet, or over 16 inches per mile...

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