By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (May 11, 2022) – In Issue 2022-084 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, the news did not travel fast, but it got there eventually.


Minnesota became a state on May 11, 1858.

It took 2 weeks for the people living there to find out about their new status.  At the time Minnesota had no railroads or telegraphs, so the news was sent by telegram to Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin and carried up the Mississippi by steamboat to St. Paul.

The area of Minnesota had changed hands numerous times, previously belonging to 3 other countries – France, Spain, and Great Britain – and being part of 9 territories – Northwest, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Missouri, Iowa, and finally Minnesota.

Fun fact – North West Angle, Minnesota is the most northern point in the 48 contiguous states, but that is only due to a surveying error.

Here is Ruth Taylor White’s humorous map of Minnesota from 1938.

Minnesota – 1938 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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