Mankato in Blue Earth County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
(Continued from other side)
The park's most notable living memorial, the Lincoln Elm was designated as Mankato's official symbol in 1976, the year of America's Bicentennial celebration. Despite efforts to prolong its life, the stately old tree succumbed to Dutch Elm Disease. When it was cut down in 1980, tree ring dating revealed it to be 315 years old.
The park remains the focal point of the Lincoln Park neighborhood, just as it did during Lovelace's childhood. In several of her Betsy-Tacy stories, Maud referred to Lincoln Park as "the end of the neighborhood." To go beyond it was a rite of passage for her and her friends, Frances Kenney (Tacy) and Marjorie Gerlach (Tib).
Researched by Bryce O. Stenzel, MA
Erected 2005 by the City of Mankato.
Location. 44° 9.563′ N, 94° 0.382′ W. Marker is in Mankato, Minnesota, in Blue Earth County. Marker is on South Broad Street north of Lincoln Street, on the right when traveling Click for map. Marker is in Lincoln Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 Lincoln Street, Mankato MN 56001, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Hubbard House (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Lorin & Lulu Cray Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sinclair Lewis House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ho-Chunk / Winnebago (approx. half a mile away); Highland Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); Dakota (Sioux) Memorial – 1862 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Washington Park / Fourth Street Route Depot Grounds (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mankato.
Also see . . .
1. Lincoln Park cannon, Mankato, Minnesota. Blue Earth County Historical Society; a photo of the cannon. (Submitted on July 12, 2013.)
2. Betsy-Tacy. "Maud Hart Lovelace wrote 13 Betsy-Tacy books from 1940 to 1955. The books were set in Mankato (Deep Valley) at the turn of the twentieth century and told the story of Lovelace (Betsy) and her best friend Frances 'Bick' Kenney (Tacy)." (Submitted on July 12, 2013.)
3. The Betsy-Tacy Society. (Submitted on July 12, 2013.)
4. Boy in Blue Memorial Project. Project to rebuild the memorial. (Submitted on July 12, 2013.)
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music • Man-Made Features • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 401 times since then and 114 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on October 21, 2016.