Minnesota Territory 1849-1858
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The Levee

The Levee

Almost all settlers reached Minnesota Territory by steamboat. The levee in St. Paul--the riverbank where boats docked--was the arrival point, the place where the old world was overwhelmed by the new. Bustling with "motley" frontier crowds, wagons, cargo, and animals, the levee was sometimes wild or dangerous. But it was always exciting.

"Let's take a walk down the levee. There is a bustling city pent up there. It is a complete Bedlam, and horses, truckmen, footmen, workmen of every sort, are all pulling different ways to untangle it. Just think of it; upon that little slope of estate, possibly fifty rods long by as many feet wide, there have been unloaded within four days more than 9000 tons of freight and not less than 3000 human beings."

Minnesota Weekly Times, May 6, 1857