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Near Shevlin in Clearwater County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Itasca State Park Centennial

1891 - 1991

 
 
Itasca State Park Centennial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 3, 2010
1. Itasca State Park Centennial Marker
Inscription. The name "Itasca" was coined specifically from the Latin words "Veritas caput" -- literally meaning "true head" -- by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft in 1832. Led by Ozawindib, an Ojibwe guide who knew the upper reaches of the Mississippi River and its headwaters lakes. Schoolcraft was able to document the true source of America's greatest river, a feat that had eluded many previous explorers, including Zebulon Pike, Lewis Cass, and Giacomo Beltrami.

More than a half century passed before surveyor Jacob V. Brower, known today as the "father of Itasca," began his efforts to establish the area as a state park. At a time when most of Minnesota was not yet homesteaded and logging was the state's major industry, Brower struggled against tremendous odds and opposition to preserve this special place for future generations. Finally, in 1891, the legislature passed by one vote an act establishing 20,000 acres around Lake Itasca as Minnesota's first state park. Brower was named the first park commissioner, a position from which he staunchly fought poachers, politicians, and lumbermen. While he only partially succeeded in stopping logging before his death in 1905, he predicted that Itasca "will become easily accessible and of great value as a public resort," a remarkably accurate vision.

On the centennial of this park, 32,000 acres
Lake Itasca and<br>the Beginning of the Mississippi River image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 3, 2010
2. Lake Itasca and
the Beginning of the Mississippi River
are now protected and enjoyed by over a half million visitors each year. Efforts are underway to begin a major pine restoration program to ensure the existence of giant pines and a diverse northwoods ecosystem for the next century and beyond.
 
Erected 1991 by Minnesota Historical Society and Minnesota State Parks.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 47° 14.406′ N, 95° 12.683′ W. Marker is near Shevlin, Minnesota, in Clearwater County. Marker can be reached from County Road 117 0.3 miles south of County Road 122. Click for map. Marker is located near the entrance to the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center located at the north end of Itasca State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Shevlin MN 56676, United States of America.
 
Also see . . .  Itasca State Park. Official state website of Itasca State Park. (Submitted on January 25, 2014.) 
 
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The Beginning of the Mississippi River image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 3, 2010
3. The Beginning of the Mississippi River
Marker Noting the Beginning<br>of the Mississippi River image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 3, 2010
4. Marker Noting the Beginning
of the Mississippi River
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 360 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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