Near St. Peter in Nicollet County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
It would have looked very different than it does today. To the west (your left) was a rolling prairie — vast, nearly treeless grasslands. In the summer the prairie would be ablaze with colorful flowers. Across the river was a dense forest. The "Big Woods" to the north provided native people with a variety of plant foods — cranberries, chokecherries, and sugar made from the sap of maple trees. And the woods were filled with a wealth of game — deer, black bear, rabbits, and other small animals.
"The idea of space"
Easterners and Europeans were puzzled by the wide expanses of the prairie. Some early settlers believed that crops would not grow on land where trees did not grow. They homesteaded in the forest and cleared trees to make fields. Frank B. Mayer, a visiting Baltimore artist, was one of many who compared the prairie to an ocean: "The idea of space, an important element of the sublime, is the poetic attribute of the prairie," he wrote. "That peculiar charm which the ocean exerts over the mind is likewise felt on these land-seas."
Traverse des Sioux
Erected by the Minnesota Historical Society.
Marker series. Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
Location. 44° 21.016′ N, 93° 56.985′ W. Marker is near St. Peter, Minnesota, in Nicollet County. Marker can be reached from North Minnesota Avenue (U.S. 169) near Dodd Avenue (State Highway 22), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is along an interpretive trail that is adjacent to the Nicollet County Historical Society Treaty Site History Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1851 North Minnesota Avenue, Saint Peter MN 56082, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Only a Memory Now" (within shouting distance of this marker); Ecakensdonyapi (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Archaeology (about 300 feet away); Welcome to Traverse des Sioux (about 400 feet away); Ministering to the Dakota (about 400 feet away); A Minority in Their Homeland (about 500 feet away); Traverse des Sioux (about 500 feet away); The Rush for Land (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in St. Peter.
More about this marker. caption: Seth Eastman, Valley of the St. Peter's, 1848
Also see . . .
1. Prairie. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on October 13, 2014.)
2. Minnesota. Wikipedia entry. "The word Minnesota comes from the Dakota name for the Minnesota River: Mnisota." (Submitted on October 13, 2014.)
3. Francis Blackwell Mayer. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on October 13, 2014.)
Categories. • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
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