Coldwater Spring was added to the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area in January 2010. The goal was to restore it to an Oak Savanna and prairie.
During the construction of Fort Snelling, U.S. soldiers camped at Coldwater Spring, making it the first American settlement in Minnesota. By 1825, construction of the fort had been completed and soldiers had moved from Coldwater Spring into the fort. More info: https://www.nps.gov/miss/planyourvisit/coldwater.htm.
Photo: Carri Musil