Books specific to Blue Earth County history, written and published locally. Great for history buffs, genealogists or anyone who loves a good story!

  • Researched and Edited by Marcia Baer A memorandum and examination of the history of the housing oddity in Mankato called "the barracks." This book also includes personal stories and photographs of the people and families who lived in the barracks following WWII.
  • Preview of The Remarkable Men of Garden City The Remarkable Men of Garden City, Minnesota
    Discover how 10 boys from the small town of Garden City, Minnesota became remarkable men of industry, wealth, and prestige.
  • Preview of Did They Think We Would Remember? Lake Crystal, MN; Bill Deutsch excerpt Did They Think We Would Remember? Ordinary Legends: People from Lake Crystal, Minnesota 1900 to 1950
    Ordinary Legends: People from Lake Crystal, Minnesota 1900 to 1950 by Maggie Jones
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    A Company History from 1898 - HickoryTech by Daniel J. Vance A chronological history of HickoryTech from its founding in 1898 to 2004. Meet many of the people behind this long-standing company and watch the growth and development of the telephone and communications along the way.
  • Memoirs of Elizabeth Vosbeck of her father Frederick William Just. The story of Frederick William Just - Football player, Navy Captain, Post Master, husband and father.
  • Back cover to The Red Jacket Valley
    The Red Jacket Valley is located in Blue Earth County, the heart of southern Minnesota. With its wooded rolling hills and meandering rivers, this historic valley has endured many changes over the past 150 years.  
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    Preview of the book Mankato Milestones, including Mutt and Jeff from the Sibley Park Zoo Maniato Milestones: Handbook of Facts and Folklore

    Mankato Milestones

    $12.00
    Mankato Milestones: Handbook of Facts and Folklore, Mankato, Minnesota, 1852-2002 By Bryce O Stenzel When was Mankato founded? Who was the first Mankato area baseball pitcher to develop the curve ball in 1889? What was the first car in the United States to be powered by a V-8 engine? Find the answer to these trivia questions and more!  
  • Preview of Fire!, early fires in Amboy Fire! Stories of Fires and Firefighting in Blue Earth County's Early Years

    Fire!

    $12.95
    Stories of Fires and Firefighting in Blue Earth County's Early Years By Helen Sofchalk Fire! is a collection of stories intended to show the primitive state of firefighting technology in the early days of Blue Earth County, the rapid advance of that technology over the next 65 years and the dedication of the firemen who labored against almost insurmountable odds to help their fellow citizens.
  • Preview of Rapidan Dam: The Construction of a Landmark, February 28, 1910 newspaper report Rapidan Dam: The Construction of a Landmark
    The Rapidan Dam was constructed in 1910-1911 by the Ambersen Hydraulic Construction Company of Boston contracted by the consumer's Power Company of Chicago. The Dam was built to service Blue Earth County and surrounding southern Minnesota residents with "cheap power", as stated in The Daily Review in March 1911. The dam's construction was an engineering and construction marvel for southern Minnesota and is presented in this book as chronicled by local newspapers and photographers.
  • Preview of The Remarkable Men of Garden City The Remarkable Men of Garden City, Minnesota
    Discover how 10 boys from the small town of Garden City, Minnesota became remarkable men of industry, wealth, and prestige.
  • Preview of The Historian, volume 1. The opening paragraphs to "Keeping Pace with Progress" Blue Earth County Historian, Volume 1 with articles from 2001-2005
    This volume is a collection of articles originally published in The Blue Earth County Historian from 2001-2005. The twenty different stories cover a variety of topics, unique to Blue Earth County history. From articles on innovation in teaching to biographical sketches of some remarkable people, from accounts of the development of local industry to stories of immigration from all parts of the world, plus many more.
  • Preview of The Historian, volume 2. The opening paragraphs to "Blue Earth County Pioneer Parishes" The Blue Earth County Historian, Volume 2, with articles from 2006-2010
    Compilation of articles from the Blue Earth County Historical Society's quarterly newsletter, The Historian, from 2006 through 2010. Topics include mills and elevators; literature and photography; murder and gangsters. Compiled by Donna Webb
  • Preview of Meet the Hubbards - Hubbards in Mankato Meet the Hubbards
    R. D. Hubbard, local entrepreneur, became the founder of Hubbard Milling Company, the largest flour mill in Southern Minnesota. Hubbard built his home on South Broad Street in Mankato in 1871 where he raised three children. This book covers the Hubbard family's life in Mankato, Minnesota. It includes Hubbard family genealogy and family photographs.
  • Compilation of articles from the Blue Earth County Historical Society's quarterly newsletter, The Historian, from 2011 through 2015. See below for a full list of topics.
  • by Darby Nelson with John Hickman, Editor For Love of a River: The Minnesota addresses topics as diverse as geology, early and modern agriculture, citizen advocacy, water-quality challenges and solutions, river-based recreation, dams and dam removal, prairie pothole lakes, the river’s rich diversity of plant and animal life, and the Dakota–US War. Never before has a book undertaken such a holistic exploration of the state’s namesake river and its basin.
  • Preview of Unique Mankato Stories, Julia Sears and the Broken Promise Unique Mankato Stories
    By Daniel J. Vance Relive the forgotten and unique stories of Mankato, Minnesota. Subjects include: Moses Wickersham, Julia A. Sears, Bill Sandon's Black Tigers, Maud Hart Lovelace, Peter Ferguson Sr., Sinclair Lewis, the Green Gables tornado, the death of Vice President Schuyler Colfax, and Presidential visits of Taft and Truman. These hidden gems span the first 100 years of Mankato history.
  • Showcasing photographs from the area's first 70 years, the Blue Earth County Historical Society has compiled over 200 images of the lifestyles and advancements of its earliest settlers. Using unpublished photographs from its own archives as well as from the county residents, the Society offers a glimpse of the pioneering spirit that made Blue Earth County what it is today.
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    Preview of Blue Earth County Century Farms, James S. Lloyd Farm Blue Earth County Century Farms
    Blue Earth County Century Farms features 178 Century Farms designated in Blue Earth County between 1976 and 2004.
  • Equality in the Ballot Box
    Equality at the Ballot Box: Votes for Women on the Northern Great Plains Dr. Lahlum and Molly P. Rozum worked together to compile 18 original essays, encompassing many different aspects of the suffrage movement. Discover how our neighbors to the West made their mark in the fight for Equality at the Ballot Box.

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