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History of the Red Jacket Valley by Julie A. Schrader
History of the Red Jacket Valley

By Julie A. Schrader

The Red Jacket Valley is located in Blue Earth County, the heart of southern Minnesota. With its wooded rolling hills and meandering rivers, this historic valley has endured many changes over the past 150 years.

Let your imagination wander back in time as the stories and pictures recreate an era when the first trains traveled through the countryside and school children played at the Indian Lake schoolhouse. The old pioneers have since passed on, but their stories are longing to be told.

Few of the original historic structures exist today. In some cases, our only reminder is a small marker on the side of the road or the crumbling remnants of an old bridge. This book is an attempt to preserve the rich history of the Red Jacket Valley, one of many historical regions of Minnesota's vast heritage.

Chapter titles include: History of the Red Jacket Valley, Fort L'Huillier,Gold, Red Jacket Mill, Red Jacket Trestle, Red Jacket Bridge, Red JacketTrail, Red Jacket School, Indian Lake School, Indian Lake, Jones Ford, Kern's Bridge (Yaeger Bridge), and Skihaven (Mount Kato).

36 B/W photographs and illustrations
Paperback, 96 pp.
ISBN: 0-9713168-0-5
Retail: $12.00 Sale: $8.00


Red Jacket Bridge & Trestle Note Cards
(Click to view image)
6 blank cards and envelopes
$8.00
About the Author

​Minnesota native, Julie A. Schrader, worked as Project Director for the The Heritage of Blue Earth County, from 1988 to 1990. She established her own publishing company, Minnesota Heritage Publishing, in 2001 and works as a publishing consultant helping individuals self-publish. Author of The History of the Red Jacket Valley, Maud Hart Lovelace's Deep Valley and Discover Deep Valley, her writing has also appeared in the Mankato Free Press, Applauze Magazine, Blue Earth County Historical Society and Betsy-Tacy Society newsletters. She was the coordinator of the Deep Valley Book Festival in Mankato for several years. Schrader was the Executive Director for the Betsy-Tacy Society, editor of the Deep Valley Sun (Betsy-Tacy newsletter) and the editor of the Katoland Connection paper for eight years. Schrader wrote the Afterword for The Black Angels by Maud Hart Lovelace reprinted by Minnesota Heritage Publishing in 2009. In 2010 she wrote the Afterword for HarperCollins reprints of Lovelace's of Emily of Deep Valley and Winona's Pony Cart.