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History of the Red Jacket Valley

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The Red Jacket Valley is located in Blue Earth County, the heart of southern Minnesota. With its wooded rolling hills and meandering rivers, this historic valley has endured many changes over the past 150 years.

Let your imagination wander back in time as the stories and pictures recreate an era when the first trains traveled through the countryside and school children played at the Indian Lake schoolhouse. The old pioneers have since passed on, but their stories are longing to be told.

Few of the original historic structures exist today. In some cases, our only reminder is a small marker on the side of the road or the crumbling remnants of an old bridge. This book is an attempt to preserve the rich history of the Red Jacket Valley, one of many historical regions of Minnesota’s vast heritage.

Chapter titles include: History of the Red Jacket Valley, Fort L’Huillier, Gold, Red Jacket Mill, Red Jacket Trestle, Red Jacket Bridge, Red Jacket Trail, Red Jacket School, Indian Lake School, Indian Lake, Jones Ford, Kern’s Bridge (Yaeger Bridge), and Skihaven (Mount Kato).

Soft cover, 96 pages, over 35 B/W photographs and illustrations

Cost: $6

Signed: Yes

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About the Artist

Julie Schrader grew up on a farm in Southern Minnesota and lives in North Mankato. Her interest in history, genealogy, research, and writing led to her first book, The History of the Red Jacket Valley, published in 2001, the same year she established Minnesota Heritage Publishing. Local historical research led to a fascination with author Maud Hart Lovelace and her works resulting in two books, Maud Hart Lovelace’s Deep Valley and Discover Deep Valley. She edited two volumes of Collected Stories of Maud Hart Lovelace and Delos Lovelace and has republished three out of print books by Lovelace: The Black Angels, One Stayed at Welcome and The Tune is in the Tree. Betsy, Tacy & Friends Paper Doll Book: The Hill Street Collection, illustrated by Eileen Rudisill Miller will be released this fall. She co-authored the Boy in Blue with Bryce Stenzel on the history and re-creation of Mankato's Civil War memorial.
http://www.mnheritage.com

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