Bloomington in Hennepin County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Oak Grove Mission
In the Words of Samuel Pond Jr
"The site of the Old Mission House at Oak Grove, now in the town of Bloomington, was a beautiful and commanding one. The house was built on the high bluff of the Minnesota, sheltered from the north winds by a rising ground in that direction, covered with a fine growth of ancient oaks. It was flanked at a little distance on either hand by deep ravines, through which flowed ever-living streams of pure cold water. To the south the beautiful valley of the Minnesota stretched away on either hand as far as the eye could see, and often when clothed in vernal beauty must have resembled the fertile plains of Jordan... Here and there the eye of the observer caught glimpses of silvery reflections, where the rays of sparkling sunlight fell upon the silent lake or winding river." Quote from "Two Volunteer Missionaries" (1893)
Erected by City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation .
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 44° 48.78′ N, 93° 16.27′ W. Marker is in Bloomington, Minnesota, in Hennepin County. Marker can be reached from East 104th Street. In Pond-Dakota Mission Park just south of the Gideon Pond House. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 104th St E, Minneapolis MN 55420, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Samuel W. and Gideon H. Pond (within shouting distance of this marker); 1856 Federal Style Gideon H. Pond House (within shouting distance of this marker); Gideon and Agnes Pond House (within shouting distance of this marker); Changing Landscapes (within shouting distance of this marker); Pond Family Heritage Timeline (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Missionaries to the Dakota (about 300 feet away); Dakota Missions on the Frontier (about 400 feet away); Dakota Life (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bloomington.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 22, 2018. It was originally submitted on May 18, 2018, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 94 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 18, 2018, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.