The St. Croix River valley was an important source for lumber and logs until the early 1900s. Today, it is very polular for recreation, fishing, boating, canoeing. The old milltown Stillwater, MN, ist a very popular tourist spot of Minnesota.
The first steamboat coming to the area was the 101-ton sidewheeler PALMYRA in 1838. The St. Croix River became a channel for commerce for indians, trappers and voyageurs transporting their goods along this river between Lake Superior and the Mississippi River.
- Steamboats on the St. Croix, Anita Albrecht Buck