The early history of Mankato is shrouded in mystery and legend.
It is known that the Underwater City was built
about 4000 B.C. and many native legends describe "Gods who arrived in
the area in great silver glowing disks" who
helped the native people build it along with a great
pyramid. It is also known that the city was covered with water in
about 1256 B.C.
The First White-Wave.
The year 1714 was a remarkable one for the "Great West
Territories." It was in that year that a strange event happened.
During the early morning of July 4th, loud cries went up from the sleepy
little Wooodan Indian village on the banks of the Gopizup Pahill
"Yellow River that Flows Uphill" as the Indians (and Parkistanies)
called the Minnesota River at that time. (Canadians called it the Minnesota, ehh).
A hot air balloon was passing overhead. Terrified,
the Indians shot at it. One arrow hit the balloon and "the rest is history"
so the story goes.
July Rambler-Mankato circa 1718 Founder of present day Mankato, MN
The balloon slowly fell to the ground and from its basket
emerged a blond haired woman known as July Rambler-Mankato.
The Indians had never seen such a woman and immediately thought that
she was a Papa-oh-mama! or "a blond Goddess!"
(originally mistranslated as "yellow-haired merkin")
news of a beautiful young woman living in the wilderness with a group
of Indians spread rapidly. Soon hunters and trappers from all over the
area descended on the area. And the town of
July Rambler-Mankato (later shortened to Mankato because of
trademark problems with American Motors, Co.) was born. From the
very beginning this town was different. Not only was it a warm diversion
from the area's brutal winters, but it was a haven of peace and
friendship. The Indians, long used to visitations by groups of winter
visitors, welcomed the hunters and trappers. The Indians opened their
Hokums, well-equipped lodges complete with sleeping
accommodations, hot showers, and eating rooms. The trappers traded
furs, fresh meat, and hard work for a hot shower, comfortable place to
stay, good food, and an alcoholic Indian concoction called
Wahhotwah "Water of the Fire Belchers." It was true American
The Great Fort Blue Earth Fire Story.
Fort Blue Earth circa 1725 First 'white' settlement at
Fort Blue Earth was constructed by the
British government in 1722. This incensed the peaceful Indians who
thought that it was a slap in their faces. "We are all people's fiends (sic)",
said Chief Wanamaker. "Why do persons of fair skin treat us like
Wahhoos 'unfriendly people'??" Rather than fight, the Indians
showed their disapproval by walking around with long faces and
sulking. This so disturbed the white settlers that they burned the fort to
the ground in 1726!
The Stoddard/Reuter expeditionary digs of of
Mankato Silver Disk Pottery etching found during the
Pedro Stoddard and Garcia Reuter, Jr.
arrived in Mankato in 1905 from Tijuana, Iowa. After several odd jobs at
the University, Dean Stoddard and Associate Vice-President Reuter
made a unique discovery. During the summer of 1906, while digging a
cesspool for President de Scy, the two men discovered several ancient
blue bottles containing pieces of uniquely etched pottery containing
ancient writings believed to be from the original builders of the
Work was stopped on the dig as the
temperatures dropped to the high 60's during the "Heavy Winter of '06".
A "Great Room" was uncovered during the 1907 dig. Several pottery
etchings were found in that room. Several were of the great
Mankato Silver Disks. After a series of
mysterious deaths among the expeditions diggers, the mysterious
"Curse of The Hag" (a.k.a. "FrurSyndrome") was reluctantly
This curse stated that "...all who tread in this room will die of
impotency organo-atrophy". Both men died alone and
mysteriosly during the winter of 1907. Unfortunately, the location of the
"Great Room" remains a mystery to this very day!
Mankato History is Under Construction/Revision