|My Present Past
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|Albert Gustave Hugo
|1873 Albert Gustave Hugo
|A genealogical experience
|Right: Sadie Engel's Guest Book
Albert Hugo November 14, 1878
Below: 1870 Census Albert G. Hugo
|Helmstedt is a city located at the eastern edge of the German state of Lower Saxony. It is the capital of the
District of Helmstedt. In former times the city was also called Helmstädt. Helmstedt developed in the
vicinity of the Benedictine St. Ludger's Abbey that was founded around 800 by Saint Liudger as a missionary
station. Helmstedt was first mentioned in 952 and became a city in 1247. The area belonged to the Abbacy of
Werden until 1490, when it was bought by the Duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg. From 1576 to 1810, the University
of Helmstedt was located here.
From the late 1940s to 1990, the town was the site of a major border crossing between the Federal Republic
of Germany and the German Democratic Republic. The main rail and autobahn route between West Germany and
Berlin, across the GDR, began at the Helmstedt-Marienborn border crossing, also known as Checkpoint Alpha.
Official military traffic from NATO countries to West Berlin was allowed to use only this route.
|1877 History of Bureau County Page 279
|1877 History of Bureau County Page 408
|1880 Census Albert G. Hugo