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

A place of big plans and broken dreams...

 
 
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By K. Linzmeier, July 30, 2013
1. A place of big plans and broken dreams marker
Inscription. The Minnesota River Valley has been home to many cultures. Paleo, Archaic, Plains, Woodland, Iowa, Oneota and Dakota Indians followed each other in the basin. After 1852, settlers from Europe and the eastern U. S. came to the valley looking for a better life.

Farm families, merchants, craftsmen, town developers and dreamers saw great opportunities in the valley. Some merchants and promoters, such as Brown, found success in the valley in supplying provisions and transportation for this westward movement. Others did not survive the rigors of pioneer life. Many returned on to Colorado, Oregon and California.

As settlers' farms displaced the traditional hunting grounds of the Dakota, some Dakota people accepted the immigrants' religions and farming practices. Following the 1862 U.S.–Dakota War, the Dakota people experienced the loss of both traditional and newly adopted lifestyles as they were forced onto reservations further west. Immigrants and Dakota alike lost much because of this six week war.

The Minnesota River Valley... Find out how these and other stories of hope and despair played out in the Minnesota River Valley in the second floor exhibit area.
 
Location. 44° 31.717′ N, 93° 54.524′ W. Marker is in
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By K. Linzmeier, May 5, 2014
2. Close-up of Attribution
Henderson, Minnesota, in Sibley County. Marker is on North 6th Street north of Main Street (Minnesota Highway 19), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located northeast of the Henderson City Hall / Community Building, the former 1879 Sibley County Courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 Main Street, Henderson MN 56044, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Joseph R. Brown Minnesota River Center (here, next to this marker); Meet Joseph R. Brown (here, next to this marker); John Other Day (within shouting distance of this marker); August F. Poehler House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Jude's Episcopal Church Congregation (about 500 feet away); Veterans Memorial (about 700 feet away); The U.S.–Dakota War of 1862 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Exiled from Their Homeland (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Henderson.
 
More about this marker. caption: Ansicht von New Ulm, MN, 1850. Minn. Historical Society
 
Also see . . .
1. The Prehistoric Indians of Minnesota. (Submitted on March 4, 2014.)
2. History of Minnesota Indians. (Submitted on March 4, 2014.)
3. Ansicht von New Ulm, Minnesota, 1860. (Submitted on March 4, 2014.)
4. Joseph R. Brown Heritage Society. Minnesota River Center. (Submitted on March 4, 2014.) 
 
Additional keywords. Joseph R. Brown
A place of big plans and broken dreams marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 30, 2013
3. A place of big plans and broken dreams marker
(middle marker)
Joseph R. Brown Minnesota River Center
Minnesota River Center

 
Categories. Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
 
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