Dating historic lumber
Fred Hilgert and his wife are credited with establishing the first homestead on Lake Kapowsin.
This was short-lived, as a railroad was built through their backyard and forced their move away from the shoreline.
A steamboat levee was also located on the property, one of only three good landings north of Stillwater and a major route for travelers, pioneers and Swedish immigrant who began settling in the valley in the 1850s.
Interpretive signs, pathways, and an overlook above the ruins provide visitors with a glimpse of the great industry which helped build Minnesota and the treeless plains states to the west and south.
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