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Changes in the Land | 1870's- 1900

Voices from the past and stunning nature videography re-create the natural world Euro-Americans first encounter. Find out what happens to North America's most abundant wildlife species as commercial hunters and the railroad arrives in Minnesota.

A graphic animation depicts the cutting of the Big Woods

Hunting Car, ca.1880’s  Photo courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society

The majestic Big Woods are cut down to make room for farms and villages. Visit one of the little known crown jewels of Minnesota, the Bluestem Prairie. Find out why Minnesota has some of the richest soils in the world and how Minneapolis becomes the flour milling capital of the world. Historic re-creations bring to life the bonanza era of wheat farming. And experience the catastrophic fire that ushers in a new way of looking at the land.


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