"The sidewheel steamer West Newton
, running from St. Paul to Galena, ran upon a snag about eighteen miles below Lake Pepin, near Alma Wisconsin on 10/13/1853. The Galena newspaper Weekly Northwestern Gazette described the steamer, which broke in half, as "nearly a total loss".
"Newspaper accounts state that the vessel broke in half. Sank at the head of the West Belvedere Island, four miles above Minneaska. The place became known as West newton Chute."
The David Tipton
removed a large portion of the wreck in 1902.
Still obstructed navigation in 1910.