Here you stand at 4th & Main
With trade established here and the well used 240 mile Red River Oxcart Trail crossing the Crow Wing River just above this spot, it seemed like a good gamble. Gus called his town Wadena. His brother Nat drew the survey. Wadena was registered in St. Cloud as the county seat.
But the financial panic of 1857 suddenly made settlers cash poor, and the Indian War worsened relations between native tribes and whites. The Civil War drew men away. Worst of all, the promised railroad was laid four miles south.
Gus's post office, store and boarding house near 4th & Main lasted a few short years. All that is left is a faded town plot and the cut to the old rope ferry.
Location. 46° 25.41′ N, 94° 49.425′ W. Marker is near Staples, Minnesota, in Wadena County. Marker is on Old Wadena Circle, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Within Old Wadena County Park. Marker is in this post office area: Staples MN 56479, United States of America.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 93 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.