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

Capitol Hill

 
 
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By K. Linzmeier, August 27, 2014
1. Capitol Hill Marker
Inscription. Kandiyohi Town Site Corporation was organized in 1856, with John Swainson as president. By October of that year, the town site had been surveyed. David Charlton's plat indicates a large central area reserved for the State Capitol with a much smaller area marked "Courthouse Square." The first State Legislature authorized Governor Henry H. Sibley to appoint a commission to assist him in selecting the lands to be granted for the site of the State Capitol. Chosen were J.D. Skinner, W.C. Johnson and Robert Boyle, who left St. Paul on September 1, 1858, and returning only 17 days later. They selected 6,399 acres in Kandiyohi County as the site of the State's Capitol. Their report was approved by Sibley, but not affirmed by the legislature. The next governor, Alexander Ramsey, then appointed Major Abraham Vorker to recommend sites for the Capitol. He also chose the lands in Kandiyohi County. In 1861 the Legislature's House of Representatives approved the report, but the Senate did not. The Civil War and U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 delayed further action until 1869 when the old reports of the Capitol Sites Committees were approved by both the House and the Senate. Governor William R. Marshall vetoed the bill. Two years later, when the matter was again raised in the Legislature, a motion of indefinite postponement was adopted. This led to a flurry
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By K. Linzmeier, August 27, 2014
2. Capitol Hill Marker
west side of marker with duplicate text
of legal activity. Kandiyohi County citizens, led by John S. Fleckten, tried every legal means to force the removal of the Sate Capitol to this county. All such action was ended by the Legislature in 1901, which passed a law providing for the sale of the capitol lands in Kandiyohi County on August 15, 1901.

This project has been financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota through the Minnesota Historical Society from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the Kandiyohi County Historical Society.

 
Erected by the State of Minnesota through the Minnesota Historical Society and the Kandiyohi County Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 45° 5.361′ N, 94° 52.797′ W. Marker is near Kandiyohi, Minnesota, in Kandiyohi County. Marker is on 120th Street Southeast (County Road 134) 3.4 miles south of 15th Avenue Northeast (U.S. 12), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is approximately ten driving miles from Willmar. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3610 120th Street Southeast, Willmar MN 56201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as
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By K. Linzmeier, August 27, 2014
3. Capitol Hill Marker
the crow flies. Carrie Johnson (approx. 0.4 miles away); John Other Day Camp (approx. 3.4 miles away); Red River Trail (approx. 6.2 miles away); Diamond Lake Camp (approx. 7 miles away); Diamond Lake Community Park (approx. 7 miles away); US-Dakota War of 1862 Aftermath (approx. 7.1 miles away); Wheeler Lake Camp (approx. 7.3 miles away); Backlund / Lorentson Monument (approx. 7.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Kandiyohi.
 
More about this marker. The marker has the Historic Site seal of the Kandiyohi County Historical Society 1895. The Minnesota State Capitol is located on the north side of downtown St. Paul, approximately 100 driving miles to the east. Work began on the State Capitol in 1896, and construction was completed in 1905.
 
Regarding Capitol Hill. Between lakes Kasota and Mennetaga, Lucy "Le-Roi" Lobdell, disguised as a man, spent the winter of 1857-1858 to hold the claim for the proposed capital.
source: Willmar Lakes Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
 
Also see . . .
1. A sad story of how Kandiyohi lost its capital bid. "... Had it been otherwise, the Kandiyohi lakes would now be in the very center of a vast metropolitan area." (Submitted on October 23, 2014.) 

2. A Half Century of Capital Conflict. (Submitted on October 23, 2014.)
3. Kandiyohi, Minnesota.
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By K. Linzmeier, August 27, 2014
4. Capitol Hill Marker
Site twice chosen to become the State Capital.
(Submitted on October 23, 2014.)
 
Categories. Notable Places
 
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By K. Linzmeier, August 27, 2014
5. View South of Marker
Mennetaga Lake, Kasota Lake
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 225 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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