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Program: “Pre-History of the Straight River: How the River was Formed”

Posted on: Jun 3 2021 by admin

With Larry Richie

Heritage Days Saturday, June 19, 2021, at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm

Dairy Lane Bridge at Riverbend Nature Center as it crosses the Straight River.
Dairy Lane Bridge at Riverbend Nature Center as it crosses the Straight River.

Please join Larry Richie at Teepee Tonka Park in Faribault, at 10 am or 1pm on Saturday, June 19, to learn about how the Straight River was formed.

(All are encouraged to bring their own chair.)

75 years is almost a lifetime, more or less. It is how long Larry has lived along the Straight River. Growing up he fished in the river, went swimming in the river every evening after a day of bailing hay, built too many rafts (none that worked very well), and trapped some muskrats too. He has seen the river when it was a half-mile wide and other times you could throw a beachball across it. The river is always changing. As Larry says,
“In Walcott, where I live, the Straight River is sometimes the property line. Landowners gain and lose land like a Las Vegas high roller every time the river gets high and wild.”

This presentation will be based on Larry’s lifetime of observations along the Straight River and research and study of the rocks and formations along its banks. His hope is that this presentation will shed some light on the history of the formation of the Straight River.”

This program is $5.00/person. ($3.00 for RCHS Members.) Please register by contacting the historical society at 507-332-2121 or emailing us at rchs@rchistory.org and let us know if you would like to attend the 10am or 1pm presentation. Each time slot is limited to 25 people.

When you register please let us which session you would like to attend.

After the program, all are welcome to stay and view the exhibits which will include the recreated burned-out/dug-out canoe, 3000-year-old American Bison bones, and other stone tools found on the Straight River.