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

1873 Blizzard

 
 
1873 Blizzard Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, August 27, 2014
1. 1873 Blizzard Marker
Inscription. The morning of January 7, 1873, was mild and pleasant enough to encourage many farmers to make trips to town or to work in their woodlots. Shortly after 2 p.m. a howling blizzard of snow, driven by a 70-mph northwest wind broke the calm. The storm, which lasted for several days, was so intense that drivers were unable to see the oxen or teams pulling their sleds. John, Charles and Stephen O'Neill and Thomas and Michael Holden, en route from Olivia to Willmar, were at this spot when they were forced to stop, because of the blinding blizzard. Only Michael Holden survived. Claud and Jorgen Strand perished in Whitefield Township, while returning to their home with a load of wood. Lars Nelson died later, a victim of exposure. The bodies of Ole K. Spau, Margaret Soland and Heige Stengrimson were all found in Norway Lake Township, where they died trying to make their way to their homes. William C. Crump died in Roseville Township after he had become lost during the storm. Twelve persons perished in Kandiyohi County during the blizzard of 1873. This marker stands where John, Charles and Stephen O'Neill and Thomas Holden died.

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
1873 Blizzard Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, August 27, 2014
2. 1873 Blizzard Marker
County Historical Society.

 
Erected by the Kandiyohi County Historical Society, with funds from the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. Administered by the Minnesota Historical Society.
 
Location. 44° 57.871′ N, 95° 2.867′ W. Marker is near Blomkist, Minnesota, in Kandiyohi County. Marker is on 165th Avenue Southwest (County Road 80) 0.2 miles west of U.S. 71, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Blomkest MN 56216, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Whitefield Town Site (approx. 7.1 miles away); Tromso Norsk Evangeliske Kirken (approx. 7.6 miles away); US-Dakota War of 1862 Aftermath (approx. 7.6 miles away); John Other Day Camp (approx. 8.7 miles away); Kandiyohi County Indian History (approx. 10.8 miles away); "Kandiyohi" (approx. 10.8 miles away); Geology of the Willmar Region (approx. 11.2 miles away); Great Northern Railway Engine No. 2523 (approx. 11.3 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker has the Historic Site seal of the Kandiyohi County Historical Society 1895.
 
Also see . . .
1873 Blizzard Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, August 27, 2014
3. 1873 Blizzard Marker
Site where four people perished.
 Famous Winter Storms. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. January 7-10, 1873. (Submitted on December 3, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Notable Events
 
Horse-drawn Sleigh In A Blizzard image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
4. Horse-drawn Sleigh In A Blizzard
Title
[Horse-drawn sleigh in snow with hotel in background, Washington, D.C.]
Contributor Names
Painter, Uriah Hunt, 1837-1900, photographer
Created / Published [1889]
Call Number
LOT 3860 [item] [P&P]
Digital Id
cph 3a46633 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a46633
Library of Congress Catalog Number
2007678678
Reproduction Number
LC-USZ62-46464 (b&w film copy neg.)
 
 
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