John L's Old Maps / Supplementary Pages:

Photos of the Source of the
St. Croix and Brule Rivers
and Associated Areas, Part 3

The following is a very cursory look at the "Brule Bog
Boardwalk
" segment of the North Country Trail. More
photos and discussion should follow in due course.

Click on images for extended view in separate window.
References regarding the area under discussion are listed here.

SITE CONTENTS:

Old Map Collection – web version 4.2 (5/24/07):
  Part 1: c.1710-1857
  Part 2: 1873-1920

Supplementary Pages:
•  Evolution of Northwest Territory
•  Photos:  Source of Brule & St. Croix Rivers –
      Parts 1, 2 and 3 (this page)
•  Photos:  Sources of the Mississippi River
•  Photos:  Railroads and Trails
•  Views of the Apostle Islands
•  References


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The North Country Trail which stretches from New York to North Dakota has a geographically-important segment which runs generally perpendicular to the Brule Portage Trail segment discussed in Parts 1 and 2 of this site. As we walk across the mile-wide valley that embraces the wetland which feeds both the Saint Croix and Brule Rivers, we are assisted by a boardwalk which takes us over the wet areas. This wetland is referred to as a swamp in the previous parts of this site. However, it appears for the most part to be a true bog – mostly wooded with several large open areas. There is no open-water connection between the two rivers. The last time such was the case was in the 1830s with the pond studied by Lt. James Allen of the Schoolcraft-Allen Expedition of 1832 who declared it on his map to be the "Small Source L. from which the water runs both ways." (Note the observations of Allen and Nicollet in Parts 1 and 2.)

The associated photos take us in a generally north-westerly direction to a point, high and dry on the other side of the valley. Photos 2 and 3 show representative views of the path and boardwalk. Photos 4-6 were taken at the crossing of St. Croix Creek and feature one of the several benches on the boardwalk which commemorate individuals significant to the area. The remaining photos barely hint at the variety of features one can observe. Near the west side of the valley we cross another stream (Photos 10 and 11) which runs out of an open bog (Photos 12 and 13) in the direction of St. Croix Lake. Well past the boardwalk the trail continues into the forest (Photo 14).

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