Plymouth Keeps an Eye on History
The city of Plymouth continues to focus on the future. But that doesn’t mean the city has forgotten about its past.
Some grade school kids found that out on Tuesday when they toured the Plymouth Historical Society.
“We bring the kids out here to show them what the big woods looked like,” said Bob Gasch of the Historical Society, as he stood in a forest just a few yards from the facility. “Plymouth was originally either woods, swamps, creeks or lakes.”
In Plymouth’s grassroots days, County Road 6 was once as narrow as a trail in the woods. Pioneers literally had to pave their way to a new life, as they forged ahead through rugged terrain before settling in the city.
“When the Parker family came out to Parker’s Lake,” Gasch said, “Daniel Parker had to walk in front of the wagon, throw branches out of away, chop little trees out of the way to get his family out here on what’s now County Road 6.”
Plymouth is 160 years old and a trip to the Historical Society is like traveling into a time tunnel.
“Just knowing where they came from or how the hardships were when our forefathers developed this land,” Scheibe said. “You look around now and everything is housing developments.”
Plymouth became a city in 1858, the same year Minnesota became a state.