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

Here you stand at 4th & Main

 
 
Here you stand at 4th & Main Marker image. Click for full size.
By McGhiever, October 2, 2015
1. Here you stand at 4th & Main Marker
Inscription. In the winter of 1857, Gus Aspinwall snowshoed here from St. Paul to try to make his fortune. Having abandoned a site (later called Grand Rapids) he thought too far ahead of the frontier. Gus had big plans for the ground where you stand - a bustling railroad station, steamboat landing, town square, and over 1,500 building lots.

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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Here you stand at 4th & Main Marker image. Click for full size.
By McGhiever, October 2, 2015
2. Here you stand at 4th & Main Marker
View of marker within Old Wadena County Park
At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. "A Cloud of Barbed Arrows" (approx. 0.4 miles away).
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 117 times since then and 13 times this year. 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.
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