Ancient Dugout

Ancient Dugout Canoe Dates from 1030-1220 A.D.

The dugout canoe housed at the McLeod County Historical Society was found in Big Swan Lake in 1957 by Department of Natural Resource (DNR) workers seining for carp in the winter. The large net used for seining snagged on the canoe, which was then hauled atop the ice. Big Swan Lake is located Ancient Canoein east central Meeker County and is connected to the North Fork of the Crow River. The dugout is 14 feet, 4 inches long, 22 inches wide (near center), and 7 inches deep. A small portion of the dugout was taken to the College of Natural Resources at the University of Minnesota in 1992; the dugout was positively identified as white oak (Quercus spp.). Samples collected in 2012 date the canoe to 1030—1220 AD.  The Museum has more information on this historic canoe in our newly published booklet:  “McLeod County’s Earliest Residents” available in our gift shop, check it out!

The dugout canoe housed at the McLeod County Historical Society was found in Big Swan Lake in 1957 by Department of Natural Resource (DNR) workers seining for carp in the winter. The large net used for seining snagged on the canoe, which was then hauled atop the ice. Big Swan Lake is located

The dugout canoe housed at the McLeod County Historical Society was found in Big Swan Lake in 1957 by Department of Natural Resource (DNR) workers seining for carp in the winter. The large net used for seining snagged on the canoe, which was then hauled atop the ice. Big Swan Lake is located

 

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