"A young Pennsylvanian won the race to
grab land at the Falls of St. Anthony after the
area was opened to settlement in 1838.
Franklin Steele, the sutler (civilian storekeeper)
at Fort Snelling, staked his claim in a moonlight
caper that beat out the fort's commander.
Handicapped by lack of capital, he was slow to
develop the waterpower. It was ten years
before Steele and several partners built the
first dam across the east channel, started
operating a sawmill, and laid out the townsite
of St. Anthony."