We’ve gone through another round of digitization through the Minnesota Digital Library. This time, we chose to have 3 unusual plat books digitized. All three have hardcovers, but appear to have been specially made as scrapbooks, where the maps have been cut from another source and pasted onto the pages of the books.
All came from the collection of John Vertin, who was a land dealer and insurance agent in Little Falls. He was also city treasurer for 40 years. The plat books date 1902, c. 1902-1907, and c. 1912. We know of no other copies of plat books from these dates, so digitizing them was the best way we could find to preserve them while still allowing access to the data within.
The books can be found on Minnesota Reflections under the Morrison County Historical Society’s collections.
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For this month’s map, we’ve chosen the earliest map in our collection that shows Morrison County. The map is a leaf from the book the “Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Minnesota” published by A. T. Andreas in 1874. We call it the Andreas atlas. While we have a few copies of the full Andreas atlas in our collections, over the years we’ve also received pages 164 and 165 separate from the book. These pages show Todd, Morrison, and Crow Wing Counties, and portions of Mille Lacs, Aitkin, and Cass.
The map has a number of fascinating features, including the markings for the type of timber found in the area, the locations of the homes of various prominent citizens, the Indian trail running from Mille Lacs Lake to the Skunk River, a Lumberman’s Road, and a scattering of post offices. On the 1874 map, Morrison County has only a few townships: Green Prairie, Culdrum, Swan River, Two Rivers, Little Falls, Belle Prairie, Pierz, and Bellevue. The old Fort Ripley Reservation takes up a sizeable chunk of land on the east side of the Mississippi River.
The Andreas atlas has been digitized as part of the Minnesota Digital Library and can be found online at Minnesota Reflections. Try this link to get to the document: http://reflections.mndigital.org/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/mhs&CISOPTR=1192&REC=7. If you have difficulty with that link, go to the home page of Minnesota Reflections and choose the option to browse by collection. Scroll down to the Minnesota Historical Society and select “view the collection.” The atlas is item number 7 in the collection. Click on either the image or the title to be taken to the digitized version of the book.
Or, stop on in at The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum to see it in person.
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MCHS has gone through another round of digitization through the Minnesota Digital Library. We chose four booklets to have digitized. All were related to boosterism – trying to get people to move to Morrison County by touting our natural resources and other amenities. The booklets we chose were the following:
Little Falls, Minnesota: Its Present and Future
Morrison County, Minnesota: Its Advantages and Prospects
Morrison County, Minnesota: The Domain of Better Farms
Nichols’ Headlight: Souvenir of Little Falls and Morrison County, Minnesota
These documents, which have been scanned in full and appear on the Minnesota Reflections website, join the 1892 plat book that is already online. To view them, simply go to Minnesota Reflections and select the option to browse “by collection.” A screen will come up with the collections listed by institution. Select the letter “M” at the top of the screen to go directly to institutions beginning with that letter. Scroll down to the Morrison County Historical Society and select the “view the collection” link.
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