The area known today as Long Prairie was once the battleground of the Sioux and Chippewa Native American tribes. With the arrival of the US government–established Winnebago Agency in 1845, Long Prairie became the first white settlement in what became Todd County. Approximately 700 Winnebagos and 150 buildings were located here. Since those days, town roads have been cut from the sloping hillsides, straightened, and leveled. The river traffic succumbed to the power of the railroad. The addition of a stunning courthouse in 1883, overlooking the townsite, has greeted families and visitors for generations. The historic main street, lovingly built by the founding members, has given Long Prairie that comforting sense of place that only small towns seem to have. Long Prairie, home to generations of people, has seen many changes.
Arcadia Publishing
: 9781467129039
: Arcadia Publishing
: 06/11/2018
: Minnesota
: Images of America
: 200 Black And White
: 128
: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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Jeff Lucas grew up in Long Prairie, graduating from Long Prairie Public High in 1987. Although no longer a resident, he still considers Long Prairie home and maintains close ties to the small community. By maintaining and administrating different Long Prairie–based social media groups, he strives to keep the story of Long Prairie current and available to the masses in this digital age. Images used in this book come from his personal collections, the Todd County Historical Society, the Christie Home Museum, and many current and former residents that call Long Prairie home.
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