On This Date In Twin Cities History - May 14, 1852

On this date in 1852, the dam at Lake McKusick in Stillwater broke after weeks of rain. Mud and water raced down the ravines uprooting trees and damaging or covering buildings altogether on its way down to the St. Croix River.  About six acres of land were covered at an average depth of ten feet.  Today, much of downtown Stillwater east of Second Street to the river and south of Myrtle to Commercial Street sits on the site of the mudslide.