Brandon in Otter Tail County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The highest point is the Leaf Hills portion of the Alexandria glacial moraine. Inspiration Peak rises some 400 feet above Spitzer Lake. Although off the beaten track and not mentioned in early exploration literature, it has recently been promoted as a northwestern Minnesota landmark, celebrated primarily for its views of the bright rolling country around it.
Erected 1989 by Minnesota Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music Parks & Recreational Areas • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 46° 8.27′ N, 95° 34.662′ W. Marker is in Brandon, Minnesota, in Otter Tail County. Marker can be reached from 120th Street (County Highway 38) north of 435th Avenue when traveling east. Marker is located within Inspiration Peak State Wayside Park, near the north end of the parking lot, just north of 120th Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brandon MN 56315, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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1. Inspiration Peak. In the southern part of Otter Tail County is a collection of glacial features known as the Leaf Hills. The highest among them is Inspiration Peak, just west of Urbank. It rises 1,750 feet, about 400 feet above the surrounding countryside Making it the highest point in the county and one of the highest points in the state of Minnesota. (Submitted on July 17, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Inspiration Peak. The conical-shaped hill is a kame formed atop the Alexandria Moraine, a terminal moraine left by the Wadena and Des Moines lobes of the Wisconsonian glaciation. It is on the boundary between the deciduous forest to the east and prairie to the west. In fact both biomes are present on the hill; its foot is covered with a predominantly (Submitted on July 17, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Sinclair Lewis (The Nobel Prize in Literature 1930). I was born in a prairie village in that most Scandinavian part of America, Minnesota, the son of a country doctor, in 1885. Until I went East to Yale University I attended the ordinary public school, along with many Madsens, Olesons, Nelsons, Hedins, Larsons. Doubtless it was because of this that I made the hero of my second book, The Trail of the Hawk, a Norwegian, and Gustaf Sondelius, of Arrowsmith, a Swede – and to me, Dr. Sondelius is the favorite among all my characters. (Submitted on October 12, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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