|Birdseye view of Mankato, Minnesota|
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Al Ruger depicts Mankato, Minnesota [gmap] as a busy riverport on the Minnesota River. All types of riverine activities are happening. Steamboats and pole-boats of all shapes and sizes; and what appears to be a tethered ferry?
Mankato lays claim to some part of the biography of Sinclair Lewis; though to be fair, a lot of places seem to (and with good reason).
For more maps and images from this period in the region's history, visit the Minnesota Historical Society.