Before bikinis on McClelland’s Beach

Before bikinis on McClelland’s Beach, women wore quite a bit more clothing. We would hate to think about what would have happened if one of these fully-skirted women fell overboard in 1902. This picture is from the digitized version of “A History of Dickinson County”, by R.A. Smith, once only available in rare, hard-copy first editions, […]

Ill-fated Younger Gang visited McClelland farm, now McClelland’s Beach

At some point, a member of the ill-fated Younger Gang visited the McClelland family’s farm in Spirit Lake, Iowa. Here is what a young boy remembers. All spellings are as they appear in the original newspaper clipping. Read also: Margaret McClelland’s brush with the outlaw Spirit Lake Beacon, October 31, 1902 Recollections of Jim Younger. […]

Railroad depot museum a treasure trove of Dickinson County history

“We even have the hand-written manuscript for ‘A History of Dickinson County,’ written by R.A. Smith in 1902. That right there is one of the more unique things here — it’s the only copy in the world, obviously.” – Cindy Schubert, museum director It looks plain on the outside, but inside the old railroad depot […]

Younger Margaret McClelland’s story of her brush with the outlaw

Experiences of the younger Margaret McClelland regarding the history of McClelland’s Beach, Spirit Lake, Iowa, 51360 See Margaret’s original, handwritten account. Some early experiences in the county, of Miss Margaret McClelland, now Mrs. S. E. Woolworth I came to Jackson Co. with my parents from Biron, Ogle Co., Illinois, when but five years of age. […]

McClelland’s Beach founder was a hero in 1866

Our beach’s founder, William McClelland, took heroic action in 1866 when he found a woman starving to death, and so weak she could not sit up. Demonstrating the hospitality still present in the community today, William took the woman in, according to an officer quoted in An Illustrated History of Jackson County, Minnesota. Many settlers, […]

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