In the days of "horse culture," farmers needed to have a market town every six to twelve miles in order to get there and back in one day. Towns sprang up like mushrooms as agricultural settlement sped across the Middle West in the half-century 1830-80. Some became county seats, and one of these was Benson, Minnesota.
The Bridge: Vol. 30
, Article 11.
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