On This Date In Twin Cities History - December 17, 1839

Newton H. Winchell is born in New York. As Minnesota’s state geologist, Winchell would publish twenty-four reports on the state’s geology and paleontology. His discoveries include the movement of St. Anthony Falls from its origins near Fort Snelling to its present location, an event requiring an estimated 8,000 years. He died in 1914. (MNopedia)