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Minnesota History

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Fall 2023


Author Alexander Ames offers a portrait of a Minnesota river town redolent with heritage, resonant with a sense of place, and intent on forging an identity in a changing world. The privileged status of Linden Hill in Little Falls’ collective memory owes itself to the town’s faltering economic and cultural-historical development—as well as to the life and work of a woman named Laura Jane Musser, who endeared the mansions and grounds to the town’s psyche, and who transformed the lumber barons’ homes into mansions of memories.


This article was published in the fall 2023 issue of Minnesota History, a magazine published by the Minnesota Historical Society. The article was originally published at

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