River and Creek
Newspaper clippings that give historical information about the metal truss bridge in Sartell over the Mississippi
Sauk Center Herald Sauk Center, MN Apr 18, 1912
Sauk Center Herald, Sauk Center, MN Dec 17. 1914
Little Falls Herald, Little Falls, MN Jan 16, 1914
Little Falls Herald, Little Falls, MN Apr 24, 1914
The Wanigan's were barge boats that the River Drivers used as they transported logs down the Mississippi River. One of the Wanigan's would be their bunk house and a second Wanigan would be their cook shack.
Sauk Center Herald, Sauk Center, MN Apr2, 1908
Newspaper clipping with the information about the suspension/swinging bridge in Sartell.
The swinging bridge that crossed the Mississippi River in Sartell
A person walking across the swinging bridge in Sartell
This photo shows the men boarding up the river to hold it back with wooden planks called "needles". This photo is around 1937
THE WATAB CREEK BRIDGES
By Thomas Sartell
The "Little White Bridge" at the Watab and Mississippi River until 1980.
Lower Dam on the Watab
Upper Dam at the Grist Mill on Watab. The hill in the background is where 1st Street North is currently.
A Log Jam on the Mississippi
Sauk Rapids Sentinel, June 16,1885
"Probably the largest log jam in the history of lumbering on the Upper Mississippi River, formed above the dam at this place, last Saturday. the jam extended from bank to bank, and up the river to the Stowell place. Logs and telegraph poles were piled up solidly and apparently inextricably and formed a solid bridge across the river as far as the jam extended. The aspect was grand, and at the same time threatened danger to the dam, bridge and other property below, and the water in the river backed up and raised from four to five feet.
Early Sunday morning, a small crew of lumbermen arrived and commenced work at the head of the dam, but for the greater part of the day their labors did not show to be of much avail.
Hundreds of people thronged the river banks and also crossed over on the logs. About 8 o'clock p.m. on Sunday; however, the labors of the lumbermen, aided by the accumulated volume of water, were awarded, and the immense body of logs started. In a few moments they commenced running over the dam and down the rapids below, afforded one of the grandest spectacular scenes that could well be imagined.
Surging, bounding and grinding in their irresistible onward course, the scene was truly awe-inspiring. Fortunately, no damage was done to either dam or other property. It is estimated that there were 40 million feet of logs in this jam"
Where Rivers Merge, Stories from the History of Sartell, MN. William Towner Morgan page 22