Anoka in Anoka County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Highway of Exploration
The Rum and the Mississippi were highways for the earliest recorded European explorers of Minnesota. Many explorers traveled past The Point and some may have camped here including Radission, Hennepin, Du Luth, Pike, Faribault and Nicollet.
Father Louis Hennepin canoed by The Point in July of 1680 as a captive of the Dakota and again in August of 1680 in the company of Daniel Sieur Du Lhut.
In November of 1767 Jonathan Carver stopped at The Point. He is credited with naming the Rum River from a faulty translation of the Dakota words meaning "spirit river" which flowed out of "spirit lake" or Mille Lacs.
In 1836 explorer Joseph N. Nicollet stood at The Point looking down the Mississippi River and recorded this in his diary: "We stopped here so that I could make a geographical reading at this confluence while breakfast was being prepared. The site is charming. The view is unobstructed on the left bank, which is higher than the densely wooded right bank. There is an endless prairie on one side and an impenetrable forest on the other; obvious sterility on the left, seeming fertility on the right. It looks as if one part awaits the plow and the spade, the other the ax and fire."
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
Location. Click for map. Marker is in Peninsula Point Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1460 South Ferry Parkway, Anoka MN 55303, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Circle of Life (a few steps from this marker); River Highways (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Logbooms Meet Sawmills (about 400 feet away); Fireman's Grove (about 400 feet away); Where Cultures Meet (about 500 feet away); Where Land and Water Meet (about 600 feet away); Bridging the Mississippi (about 600 feet away); Louis Hennepin (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Anoka.
More about this marker. painting caption: Father Hennepin on the Mississippi River, 1680. From a painting by J.N. Marchand. Courtesy the Minnesota Historical Society.
Also see . . . Rum River. Wikipedia entry. "The Rum River is a slow, meandering channel that connects Minnesota's Mille Lacs Lake with the Mississippi River. It runs for 151 miles..." (Submitted on December 3, 2013.)
Categories. • Exploration • Native Americans • Waterways & Vessels •
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