Christopher W. Wells is a professor of environmental studies and chair of
environmental history at Macalester College. He is the author of "Car Country: An Environmental History," which focuses on the proliferation of car-dependent landscapes in the United States before 1956.
Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from the book, “Nature’s Crossroads: The Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota,” which you can find here. To read the entire chapter, go here. In the second half of the nineteenth century, the Twin Cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis grew from tiny, remote outposts on the margins of […]