Natural Beauty

Snowpocalypse 2007

“Carlton,” of the Boston Journal, who accompanied the party who examined the route of the Northern Pacific Railroad in July, 1869, speaks thus of a portion of the same section of country:

“On our second day’s march we came to a section of country that might with propriety be called the park region of Minnesota. It lies amid the highlands of the divide. It is more beautiful than even the country around White Bear Lake and in the vicinity of Glenwood. Throughout the day we ride amid such rural scenery as can only be found amid the most lovely spots of England.

“So wonderfully has nature adorned this section, that it seems as if we were riding through a country that has been long under cultivation, and that behind yonder hillocks we shall find an old castle, or at least a farm house, as we find them in Great Britain.”

“I do not forget that I am seeing Minnesota at its best season, that it is midsummer, that the winters are as long as in New England; but I can say without reservation that nowhere in the wide world, not even in England, the most finished of all lands; not in la belle France, or in sunny Italy, or in the valley of the Ganges, or the Yanktze, or on the slopes of the Sierra Nevada, have I beheld anything approaching this region in natural beauty.”

“How it would look in winter I cannot say; but the members of our party are unanimous in their praises of this park region of Minnesota. The land is unsurveyed, and the nearest pioneer is forty miles distant, but land so inviting will soon be snapped up by settlers.”

T. W. Ingersoll retired to Dellwood, on the edge of White Bear Lake around 1915. I wanted to note this earlier description as contrast to the snowpocalypse outside right now. I’m about 30 miles from White Bear Lake, but the contrast between seasons is bigger than the contrast in geography.



MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The University of Minnesota is canceling all classes and evening activities effective at 2:30 p.m. today, Provost Thomas Sullivan announced today.

“In light of current conditions and the forecast for severely worsening weather, this is an appropriate measure at this time,” said Sullivan. “The mid-afternoon closing of metro area schools, colleges and universities and other institutions made it even clearer that this is the right thing to do.”

This has never happened since I’ve been here.