Historic Disasters in Southeast Minnesota (Paperback)
Southeast Minnesota has regularly felt the wrath of nature.
In 1890, a driving straight-line wind on Lake Pepin overturned the Sea Wing, killing ninety-eight people within minutes in the worst marine tragedy in Minnesota history. In 1940, a raging blizzard trapped duck hunters on islands in the Mississippi River and left motorists stranded across the region, leaving dozens injured or dead. Then, in 1965, flood waters of the Mississippi River and its vast network of tributaries kept area residents in fear for two months, shattering records for high water marks and destroying buildings and farmlands before receding and leaving behind damage that took years to rebuild.
Local author Steve Gardiner examines these powerful natural disasters and their ramifications on the people of Southeast Minnesota.