“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)

Early History of New London

Early History of New London Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 16, 2014
1. Early History of New London Marker
1865    Louis Larson filed homestead rights and named the site New London.

1867    Merchants W.W. Pinney and Samuel Adams each built and opened stores. Postal service began.

1868    New London became county seat of Monongalia County.

1870    Monongalia County became part of Kandiyohi County.

1873    Lebanon Lutheran church erected. Many businesses opened during the 1870's, flourished, then disappeared. Among them: Blacksmith, Carriage and Wagon Maker, Gunsmith, Harness Maker, Tinsmith, Miller and Dress Maker.

1884    First newspaper, New London Review, was published.

1886    Great Northern Railroad line between St. Cloud and Willmar opened with postal and passenger service. Several businesses operated near the depot, but relocated two years later to the mill area.

1889    Incorporation of the village; Louis Larson was the first Mayor. Population was 176.

1890    New London Creamery and Great Northern Hotel opened and construction began on the State Bank.

1892    Mission Covenant church was built.

1893    The fire hall, with bell tower alarm, was completed next to the dam, opposite the mill.

1895    Original brick building of the Big Store was built.

1898    Presbyterian church was built.

Early History of New London Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 16, 2014
2. Early History of New London Marker
(second monument from left)
New London Telephone company was organized. The Norwegian Lutheran church was built.

1905    The first elementary and high school was built of concrete block.

1910    Farmers Cooperative Store opened, and a municipal building was erected.

1915    (1912*)   Sunnyside Hospital opened, servicing most of the surrounding towns.

1915    Farmers State Bank was built.

1921    A concrete auditorium was built. It is now the Little Theatre.

1930    (1936*)   Major construction was completed on state (U.S.*) highway 71 with another bridge over the millpond.

1940    New London's Diamond Jubilee, it's 75th birthday was celebrated for three days and attracted 15,000 people.
Erected 2013.
Location. 45° 18.018′ 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 Early History of New London monument is the second 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.
Granite Monuments image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 16, 2014
3. Granite Monuments
New London Memorial Park
At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans Memorial (here, next to this marker); Origin Of Crow River Dam and Mills (here, next to this marker); Robert lhlang Post 537, The American Legion (here, next to this marker); Federal Fish Hatchery (here, next to this marker); Lundborg-Broberg State Monument (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. *Other sources note that Sunnyside Hospital opened in 1912, and that major construction was completed on U.S. (not State) 71 in 1936, now renamed State Highway 9.
Also see . . .
1. New London Memorial Park. City of New London, Minnesota. (Submitted on December 12, 2014.) 

2. History of Community. City of New London, Minnesota. "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 12, 2014.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 233 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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