“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
New London in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Origin Of Crow River Dam and Mills

Origin Of Crow River Dam and Mills Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 16, 2014
1. Origin Of Crow River Dam and Mills Marker
1858    A natural waterfall was discovered by pioneer Larson while on a hunting and trapping expedition three miles upriver from Nest Lake.

1859    Larson established a camp near the falls but had to abandon it when his tent and most of his gear burned.

1862    Larson and partner, Samuel Stoner, built a cabin and drew up plans for a dam and mill. Charles Sperry, a millwright began construction; but on August 17th the Sioux Indian War broke out and the men had to flee to safety.

1863    Larson and Stoner returned to the washed-out site after the Sioux Uprising had ended.

1864    The dam was rebuilt and a saw mill was completed by the same two pioneers.

1865    Samuel Stoner sold his share in the mill to William Bissett.

1866    1866 The dam washed out again and Mr. Bissett sold his share to C.J. Sperry and William Wright. Louis Larson sold half of his share to Samuel Adams.

1867    The new company rebuilt the dam and added a grist mill operated by three pair of donkeys.

1870    Wright sold his share to Adams.

1882    After Adams died, his wife sold her share to merchants Harold Swenson and Peter Broberg.

1892    Marcus Johnson and W.J. Pinney purchased the mill. First pioneer Louis Larson retired.

Origin Of Crow River Dam and Mills Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 16, 2014
2. Origin Of Crow River Dam and Mills Marker
(far left monument)
The Middle Fork Crow River Dam is beyond the monuments.
The New London Milling Company flourished. Its main product, Supremo Flour, was exported to both domestic and foreign markets.

1939    The New London Mill was sold and demolished to make room for the Federal Fish Hatchery.

2011    The Minnesota DNR constructed the new dam.
Erected 2013.
Location. 45° 18.017′ N, 94° 56.648′ W. Marker is in New London, Minnesota, in Kandiyohi County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street South (State Highway 9) and 1st Avenue Southwest, on the right when traveling south on Main Street South. Click for map. The Crow River Dam and Mills monument is the southernmost monument of five granite monuments located at New London Memorial Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 60 Main Street South, New London MN 56273, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Early History of New London (here, next to this marker); Veterans Memorial (here, next to this marker); Robert lhlang Post 537, The American Legion (here, next to this marker); Federal Fish Hatchery (a few steps from this marker); Lundborg-Broberg State Monument
Granite Monuments image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 16, 2014
3. Granite Monuments
New London Memorial Park
(approx. 0.3 miles away); The West Lake Massacre (approx. 0.3 miles away); This Historical Inclosure (approx. 0.3 miles away); Little Crow's Camp (approx. 2.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in New London.
More about this marker. The year 1866 is noted twice – perhaps a craftsman's error.
Also see . . .
1. New London Memorial Park. City of New London, Minnesota. (Submitted on December 11, 2014.) 

2. New London Dam Reconstruction. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "In early 2010, the project was advertised for construction and Lunda Construction Co., based out of Black River Falls, Wisconsin, was the successful low bidder with a bid of $2,615,000." (Submitted on December 11, 2014.) 

3. New London, Minnesota. Roots & Routes. "New London, Minnesota is the oldest town in Kandiyohi County. It had its pioneer beginnings in 1850, when Louis Larson discovered a waterfall while out on a trapping expedition and visualized a mill.... Larson later named the place for his old home town - New London, Wisconsin." (Submitted on December 11, 2014.) 
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Mill Pond and Crow River Dam image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 16, 2014
4. Mill Pond and Crow River Dam
Nearby Interpretive Sign
The dam can be seen in the distance at the left side of the photo. Minnesota Highway 9 is at the right side of the photo; the monuments are along this highway farther north of this location.
Interpretive Sign image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 16, 2014
5. Interpretive Sign
Shoreline Habitat Restoration Project
This project establishes a "buffer zone" between the land and open water using native plants. Buffer zones benefit aquatic ecosystems in many ways:
1) Provide food, shelter and nesting sites for fish and wildlife
2) Control shoreline erosion
3) Protect water quality by intercepting nutrients
4) Improve aesthetics
5) Stabilize lake bottom sediments
As a bonus - buffer zones discourage nuisance Canada geese!
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 202 times since then and 59 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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