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FRANKLIN STEELE | by Jason Riedy
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FRANKLIN STEELE

"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."

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Taken on July 14, 2012