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The Falls

Title: Map of the Recession of the Falls
Type: Map
Date: 1887
Source: Minnesota Historical Society

Description: The Falls receded rather quickly until the late 1800s. This map shows the location of the Falls according to the accounts of the explorers who visited it.

Map of the Recession of the Falls


  1. How would the fact that the Falls changed over time affect the descriptions explorers gave of the area?

  2. Why did the recession of the Falls stop in 1887?

  3. From looking at the map and the lines that show when the explorers reached the Falls, in what years would you expect to see an 'island' in the middle of the Falls?

  4. According to this picture, what industries were built directly on top of the river? Why was this desirable?