Fifty years in the Northwest: a machine-readable transcription.

THE FIRST FIRE CANOE.


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I am indebted to Calvin A. Tuttle for the following reminiscence: In July, 1838, the steamer Palmyra , Capt. Middleton, of Hannibal, Missouri, in command, the first steamer on St. Croix waters, brought me to St. Croix Falls, landing in the Dalles, east side, opposite Angle Rock. The snorting of the Palmyra brought many curiosity seeking Indian to the Dalles. They gathered on the pinnacles of the trap rock, peered curiously over and jumped back, trembling with fright at the "Scota Cheman" or "fire canoe," the first that had ever floated on the placid waters of the St. Croix. I had been employed a millwright to erect mills in the new, and, as yet, almost unknown settlement. On the Palmyra came the proprietor, Steele, Fitch, Hungerford, Libbey, Livingston, Hill, and Russell, with mill irons, tools and provisions for the enterprise.

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