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History Break: Bully Wells: Territorial Tough Guy

January 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

James Wells, the colorful “semi-literate” Frontenac frontiersman, soldier and part-time territorial legislator, set up a trading post in 1831 with significant assistance from his well-connected mixed-blood wife Jane Duncan Wells. Controversy follows in Bully’s wake, be it in the Minnesota territorial legislature, the Big Woods, or the controversial “Half-Breed Tract.” Coarse, unrefined and untamed, Bully Wells is not a good fit in the late 1850s when “civilization” reaches America’s northwest borderlands and the tiny frontier hamlet of Red Wing.

Kick of this years history break series with us on January 19th at noon. This years history break is going to start with a six part series called “Red Wing and Its Place in Minnesota History: Untold Stories.” the series is lead by Red Wing native and award-winning author Frederick L. Johnson, in consideration of four decades of historical research on Minnesota, takes an in-depth look at significant local stories his general histories could not cover. Each topic addressed considers an event, person or trend significant in Red Wing and Goodhue County’s past, and in Minnesota history as well. As always, he relies on primary-sourced documentation and images to illuminate his talks.

Join us in person or through zoom. follow the link below the day of the program to watch virtually.




January 19
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Goodhue County History Center
1166 Oak Street
Red Wing, MN 55066 United States
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