A Brief History of Ice in Minnesota

7000 BCE

The previous of the mile-substantial glacial ice sheet that had protected Minnesota for two million years melts, leaving behind much more than eleven,000 lakes, most of which are geologically recognized as kettle or “ice block” lakes.


1600–1850

Indigenous Dakota, Ojibwe, Ho-Chunk, and other tribes endure the frustrated temperatures of the “Little Ice Age” with heated stone floors, residences wrapped in birch bark, and animal-pores and skin door coverings.


1886

St. Paul lures architect A. C. Hutchison away from Montreal to make a grand ice palace for the Winter season Carnival. The resulting castle is just one of the 1st structures to be electrically illuminated in St. Paul, and 150,000 men and women pay a quarter each individual to stroll by it.


1888

Soon after a January snowfall, Sven Stevenson’s outhouse slides down a hill and skitters throughout the major of Lake Minnewaska prior to producing a gap

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