Visitors made their way through the 1852 Early Settlers Cabin at the 175th birthday party for Marine on St. Croix on Aug. 24. Other festivities included an all-town picnic, an ice cream social, crafts and games that included an egg toss, a three-legged race and a trivia contest.
Marine on St. Croix, a city still very much resembling the original settlement, threw a 175th anniversary party last week and everybody came.
“The spirit was one of celebration,” said Nancy Cosgriff, one of eight organizers.
The All-Town Picnic, held Aug. 24, attracted more than 600 people who learned about the city’s river history, its all-volunteer culture, and its contemporary reputation as an arts destination. All those elements make up modern-day Marine on St. Croix, Cosgriff said. The city of 700 people was the first-ever white settlement in Minnesota, she said.
The picnic featured an ice cream social, games for children and adults, heritage crafts and a program that included Washington County’s famous explorer, Ann Bancroft.
The first white settlers arrived in 1838 to scout for a lumber mill. Marine Mills, named after a city in Illinois, sawed 800,000 feet of timber the first year.