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

Meet Joseph R. Brown

A major public figure in early Minnesota (1820-1870)

 
 
Meet Joseph R. Brown Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 30, 2013
1. Meet Joseph R. Brown Marker
Inscription. In 1852, Joseph R. Brown founded the town of Henderson after a 32-year career as a soldier at frontier outposts, fur trader, experimental farmer, justice of the peace, speculator, lumberman, lobbyist and legislator, transportation agent and newspaper editor. The city of Browns Valley and Brown County are named for Joseph Renshaw Brown.

Joe Brown the politician—or Joe the Juggler as he was known at the legislature—also balanced many responsibilities in other parts of his life. To support a large family during the 1850s and '60s he created a diverse transportation business that moved people and supplies westward by steamboat, ox-drawn wagon and stagecoach. His innovative nature led Brown to develop a steam wagon to carry even larger amounts of goods across the prairies of Minnesota and Nebraska.

Because of Brown's part-Dakota wife, Susan, his life was intertwined with the movement of the Dakota bands out of the Minnesota River valley through treaties, the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War and its aftermath. He moved from fur trader to Indian agent to treaty negotiator to special military agent in charge of the Dakota scouts who patrolled Minnesota's western border.
 
Location. 44° 31.717′ N, 93° 54.526′ W. Marker is in Henderson, Minnesota
Close-up of Attribution image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 5, 2014
2. Close-up of Attribution
, 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. A place of big plans and broken dreams... (here, next to this marker); Joseph R. Brown Minnesota River Center (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. mile away); Exiled from Their Homeland (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Henderson.
 
More about this marker.
drawing caption: Steam wagon drawing by Lance Albers; photo c.1858, Minn. Historical Society
lower left corner map: Brown's Valley; Brown County
 
Also see . . .  Joseph R. Brown Heritage Society. Minnesota River Center. (Submitted on March 17, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNative AmericansRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers
 
Meet Joseph R. Brown Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 30, 2013
3. Meet Joseph R. Brown Marker
(far marker)
Joseph R. Brown Minnesota River Center
 
 
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