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Near Sleepy Eye in Brown County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Dakota Reservation and the Leavenworth Road

 
 
Dakota Reservation and the Leavenworth Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 30, 2013
1. Dakota Reservation and the Leavenworth Road Marker
Inscription. In the summer of 1851 the Dakota Indians, a group of Native Americans who lived in Southern Minnesota, sold their land, 35 million acres, to the United States for $3,000,000. The Dakota agreed to move to a reservation which included land ten miles on each side of the Minnesota River. In 1858, the US government purchased the northern half of the reservation.

The eastern part of the reservation was in Brown County with the boundary running south from Little Rock Creek to the Little Cottonwood and then at a 65 angle going northwest to western Minnesota. One of the few places where this angle can be seen is near this marker. The fields just to the northwest of this marker and the tree line and bushes follow the angle of the 1851 reservation line.

Also near this marker was the New Ulm to Leavenworth Trail. This trail allowed the settlers in the Leavenworth area to bring their produce to New Ulm and to purchase supplies. The road ended where Old Leavenworth was laid out. Some of the settlers in Leavenworth and southern Milford used the Leavenworth Trail to flee to New Ulm at the time of the US–Dakota War of 1862.

This marker was erected 2012 with funds from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Legacy Program in cooperation with the Sleepy Eye Historical Society and Leavenworth Township.
 
Erected
Dakota Reservation and the Leavenworth Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 30, 2013
2. Dakota Reservation and the Leavenworth Road Marker
west side of marker with duplicate text
2012 by the Sleepy Eye Historical Society and Leavenworth Township.
 
Location. 44° 16.164′ N, 94° 44.76′ W. Marker is near Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, in Brown County. Marker is on 280th Avenue one mile south of U.S. 14, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is 450 feet north of 210th Street on 280th Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Sleepy Eye MN 56085, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.2 miles away); Chief Sleepy Eyes (approx. 2.3 miles away); Iberia (approx. 3.3 miles away); Jackson Crossing (approx. 4.1 miles away); Leavenworth (approx. 4.3 miles away); The Attack on the Brown Family (approx. 5.2 miles away); Cobden (approx. 5.3 miles away); Evan (approx. 7.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sleepy Eye.
 
Also see . . .  Indian Affairs - State of Minnesota. Dakota Communities. "...in the aftermath of the U.S.-Dakota Conflict of 1862, Congress abrogated all treaties made with them and the Dakota were forced from their homes in the state." (Submitted on August 22, 2013.) 
 
Additional keywords. Reservation Trail; Shetek Trail
 
Categories. Native AmericansRoads & VehiclesWars, US Indian
 
Close-up of Map image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 30, 2013
3. Close-up of Map
Dakota Reservation in 1862
Dakota Reservation and the Leavenworth Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 30, 2013
4. Dakota Reservation and the Leavenworth Road Marker
Dakota Reservation and the Leavenworth Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 30, 2013
5. Dakota Reservation and the Leavenworth Road Marker
65 angle going northwest to western Minnesota.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 363 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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