Near Le Sueur in Le Sueur County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Minnesota River Valley
Starting at the South Dakota border, at Browns Valley, the Minnesota River is the state's second largest river. It joins the Mississippi at the foot of Historic Fort Snelling, after traveling a distance of some 355 miles. By geological definition the Minnesota is an "underfit river," the term applied when a river occupies the channel of an earlier river. While the ancient valley is up to two hundred and fifty feet deep and in places 5 miles wide, the Minnesota is just a shallow, meandering river. During flood stages it swells beyond its banks, due to runoff from its extensive drainage basin.
History is abundant along its banks. Exposed by the waters are rocks that are more than 3.8 billion years old, attesting to the age of the earth. Ruins stand today as reminders of former homes, villages, military posts and sanitoriums that once served the residents of the area. Indian villages and crossing sites
While the water flows by in an endless trip to the sea, and the life style changes with each passing year, the past will always be present here in the Minnesota Valley.
seal of The Minnesota Historical Society, Instituted 1849
Erected by the Minnesota Historical Society
Erected 1996 by the Minnesota Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
Location. 44° 29.301′ N, 93° 52.518′ W. Marker is near Le Sueur, Minnesota, in Le Sueur County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of U.S. 169 at milepost 80 and Doppy Lane, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at the Minnesota Valley Rest Area, 1 mile north of Le Sueur. This rest area serves both northbound and southbound traffic. Marker is in this post office area: Le Sueur MN 56058, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Le Sueur (approx. 1.7 The Jolly Green Giant (approx. 1.9 miles away); Dr. William W. Mayo House (approx. 2.7 miles away); Roster of the Le Sueur Tigers (approx. 2.7 miles away); 1923 Minnesota River Bridge (approx. 2.8 miles away); St. Jude's Episcopal Church Congregation (approx. 3.1 miles away); John Other Day (approx. 3.2 miles away); Joseph R. Brown Minnesota River Center (approx. 3.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Le Sueur.
Also see . . . Minnesota River. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on May 18, 2013.)
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
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