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Winthrop in Sibley County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Eagle City, Minnesota

1851 – 1881

 
 
Eagle City, Minnesota Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 20, 2013
1. Eagle City, Minnesota Marker
Inscription. This is the approximate site of Eagle City which was settled in 1858 at the halfway point on the Henderson to Fort Ridgely Trail. This was the same year Minnesota became a state. A. (Michael) Cummings built a tavern/hotel which also became a United States Post Office. This post office is on display in the Sibley County Historical Museum in Henderson. Eagle City became a rest stop with food and drink for both stagecoach passengers and horses. The Cummings Hotel was destroyed by fire in 1862 during the Indian Wars. After the Civil War, Mr. Cummings rebuilt the tavern/hotel and again served as postmaster from his home located a short distance west of the hotel. From the 1870's to 1881, Ole Olson was the postmaster at his home located 2 miles north of Eagle City. It was in 1880 that the news came that a railroad would be built leading westerly through Sibley County. Settlers in the area immediately moved to assure that the railroad pass through the Eagle City vicinity. Erick and Brita Olson, who had homesteaded the land on which the city was platted, deeded 45 acres for the town site. The railroad bed was completed in the late fall of 1881, and the first train arrived on Christmas Eve in 1881. A railroad man, E.A. Campbell, named the rail station—Winthrop.

This sign placed by the Winthrop Community Historical
Eagle City, Minnesota Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 20, 2013
2. Eagle City, Minnesota Marker
Society in year 2006.

 
Erected 2006 by the Winthrop Community Historical Society.
 
Location. 44° 32.323′ N, 94° 22.141′ W. Marker is in Winthrop, Minnesota, in Sibley County. Marker is on Sibley Street 0.2 miles south of 4th Street West (Minnesota Highway 19), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Winthrop MN 55396, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lafayette Township and Village (approx. 6.5 miles away); Bernadotte Lutheran Church (approx. 6.7 miles away); Bernadotte Lutheran Church Monument (approx. 6.7 miles away); Bernadotte Co-op Creamery (approx. 6.9 miles away); New Sweden Creamery (approx. 12.7 miles away); White Family Massacre (approx. 13.2 miles away); Brighton (approx. 13.4 miles away); Brighton United Methodist Church (approx. 13.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Winthrop, Minnesota. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on July 22, 2013.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian
 
Bell by Marker image. Click for full size.
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3. Bell by Marker
Cast Steel
Bell image. Click for full size.
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4. Bell
National Bell Foundry Co. Cin. O.
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Plaque by Marker image. Click for full size.
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5. Plaque by Marker
Workmanship on the Eagle City Monument was done by Marvin Messner, Merlin Benson, Lee & Arlin Miller, David Ohland, George Grack. The bell was donated by the Emily Larson Family.
Fountain behind Marker image. Click for full size.
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6. Fountain behind Marker
The Harvest Sculpture image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 20, 2013
7. The Harvest Sculpture
Nearby at 305 North Main Street
Close-up of Plaque image. Click for full size.
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8. Close-up of Plaque
The Harvest
Winthrop Centennial Sculpture
1881 - 1981
Sculptor - George Bassett
Commissioned - 1980
Dedicated - October 30, 1983
This centennial sculpture is
dedicated to the courageous pioneers
who, with a vision of the
future, settled the
Winthrop area.
Sculpture Donor Plaque image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 20, 2013
9. Sculpture Donor Plaque
 
 
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