Dayton Population (2010) 4,671 History Many of the earliest settlers had French Canadian roots, but the town was named for Lyman Dayton, a New Englander from St. Paul, who owned a lot of land in the area and platted the town site. Dayton was a busy small town in the late 1880s, with a strategic […]
Elk River Population (2010) 22,974 History Pierre Bottineau, a trader and guide, staked a claim in 1848 where the Elk River joins the Mississippi River. The village of Orono (later called Upper Town) incorporated in 1855 and served as the county seat for a short time. A dam on Elk River provided power for a […]
Population (2010) 12,759 History The first European settlers arrived in the early 1850s and initially founded two separate villages: Moritzious (which incorporated in 1858) and Monticello (incorporated in 1856). Ferry service began in the spring of 1855 at Moritzious. The two were combined into a united Monticello in 1861, a name derived from a hill […]
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Comments From Readers
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–Becky Sisco, Big River Magazine, Jan/Feb 2010.
“Hey, Just found, read and finished your Lansing to Le Claire. Being a 78 year old that has followed the Mississippi, up and down, all my life, I thought I had little more to learn about the cities, villages and crossroads along the river. Not So! Absolutley loved your book. Great history, great descriptions, great humor. Just top notch!
Thanks for the great writing.
–Don Staats, Onalaska, Wisconsin