Dakota County Historical Society
To preserve, interpret and promote the history of Dakota County.

Fort Snelling and Pike Island

Date: Friday, October 9, 2020
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Location: Online--Zoom Webinar
Fees/RSVP: Free--Donation Encouraged 

Join the Dakota County Historical Society for this Virtual Presentation. This series offers fascinating stories of historic people, places, and events and we are moving it online!

Join Dakota County historian David Schreier as he presents "The Fight for Pike Island: Dakota, Hennepin, and Ramsey Counties' Legal Fight for an Insignificant 162 Acre Island."  The City of Minneapolis had the chance to purchase Pike Island in 1886 but failed to do so. Thirty-seven years later, Hennepin County faught Dakota and Ramsey Counties for the island. Why? Control over the location and the direction of the yet to be constructed Mendota Bridge. The State Legislature approved a two-hundred million dollar bond for the construction of the bridge in 1923, however, Hennepin and Ramsey Counties could not agree where the bridge should go. The Federal Government had the final say - the bridge either ended up at Fort Snelling, or there was no bridge.See what Dakota and Ramsey County received and the benefits Hennepin County acquired by having the Mendota Bridge built in its county. 

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email. A separate email with a link and password to the meeting room will be sent closer to the presentation date. 

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