Near Howard Lake in Wright County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Dustin Massacre
Amos Dustin was moving his family to a new claim in the southwestern part of Wright County. There were six in the party: Amos Dustin, his wife Kate, their three children, Alma 6, Robert 4, and Albert 2, and Dustin's widowed mother, Mrs. Jeanette Dustin. Their wagon was drawn by an ox team. A party of Indians fell upon them from ambush, shot three to death with arrows, and mortally wounded a fourth. Alma and Albert were left unharmed. The victims are buried in a cemetery at Waverly.
It has always been believed, although never proved, that the massacre was perpetrated by members of Little Crow’s party who were in the vicinity at the time. Four days later Little Crow was shot and killed near Hutchinson while picking berries with a son.
seal of the State of Minnesota Department of Highways
June 29, 1963
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
Location. 45° 3.953′ N, 94° 6.185′ W. Marker is near Howard Lake, Minnesota, in Wright County. Marker is on 60th Street SW (U.S. 12) 0.4 miles west of Keats Avenue SW, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at a highway pull-off with one access drive. Marker is in this post office area: Howard Lake MN 55349, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans Memorial (approx. 6½ miles away); Hubert H. Humphrey Memorial (approx. 6½ miles away); Dassel Area Veterans Memorial (approx. 9.9 miles away); St Joseph's Church and School (approx. 12.8 miles away); Lester Prairie Veterans Memorial (approx. 12.9 miles away).
Regarding The Dustin Massacre. In August 1862, the Minnesota Dakota, also known by the French term, “Sioux," waged war against the United States following two years of unfulfilled treaty obligations. After attacking the Redwood (Lower Sioux) Agency, a remote government outpost, the Dakota moved with speed and surprise in southwestern Minnesota and what was then eastern Dakota Territory, killing nearly everyone
Also see . . .
1. Dustin Massacre witness speaks. An article from an early 1900s issue of the Howard Lake Herald. "That night, we gave the alarm and got a hundred men and started out to find the rest of the family..." (Submitted on October 31, 2013.)
2. Dustin Massacre 1863. "When this news spread in Wright County again panic set in. Since the Souix uprising in the previous year rumors of Indian raids had abounded throughout the area, now it was a reality." (Submitted on October 31, 2013.)
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers • Wars, US Indian •
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