Military Road

by St. Croix Scenic Byway on June 9, 2013

St. Croix Scenic BywayPoint Douglas to Superior Military Road

The year is 1850 and Minnesota is a territory but not yet a state—there are no passable roads connecting St. Paul and Lake Superior.  The US Congress has just passed the Minnesota Road Act to provide a vital land connection between the navigable waters of the Mississippi River and Lake Superior.

Even though the road was never fully completed it was used heavily to carry settlers and support commerce until railroads came to the region in 1870.  About half of the original Military Road alignment still exists and the St. Croix Scenic Byway follows much of it.

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