Listen: Minnesota Century Series - The Road to Bagley
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To close out the millennium, Minnesota Public Radio's All Things Considered presents a look back at Minnesota life in 1900 via a 12-part series, entitled “A Minnesota Century.” In this segment, the story of Maude Baumann and her family's pioneer trek through the state in 1900.

Maude was 15 years old when she began keeping a diary of her family's 400 mile journey. The Baumanns traveled by wagon from Waltham, Minnesota, in the southeastern corner of the state, with plans to settle a part of the Red Lake Indian Reservation, just opened up for sale.

In most of America, the era of covered-wagon journeys was over by 1900. But in Minnesota, the availability of Indian land spurred a second wave of pioneer settlement even after the turn of the century.

This is the fourth of twelve reports.

Click links below for other reports in series:

part 1:  https://archive.mpr.org/stories/1999/01/25/a-minnesota-century-sugar-point

part 2: https://archive.mpr.org/stories/1999/02/23/a-minnesota-century-predictions

part 3: https://archive.mpr.org/stories/1999/03/29/a-minnesota-century-lincoln-fey

part 5: https://cms.publicradio.org/archive-portal/stories/1999/05/31/a-minnesota-century-mining-the-north

part 6: https://archive.mpr.org/stories/1999/06/21/a-minnesota-century-eva-mcdonald

part 7: https://archive.mpr.org/stories/1999/07/26/a-minnesota-century-the-mayo-brothers

part 8: https://archive.mpr.org/stories/1999/08/30/a-minnesota-century-rhoda-emery

part 9: https://archive.mpr.org/stories/1999/09/27/a-minnesota-century-maud-hart-lovelace

part 10: https://archive.mpr.org/stories/1999/10/28/a-minnesota-century-the-story-of-cole-younger

part 11: https://archive.mpr.org/stories/1999/11/29/a-minnesota-century-fredrick-lamar-mcghee-an-early-leader

part 12: https://archive.mpr.org/stories/1999/12/27/a-minnesota-century-news-100-years-ago

Awarded:

2000 The Gracie Allen Award, Radio - Outstanding News Story/Series category

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