Stillwater in Washington County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Birthplace of Minnesota
1848 • 1948
On this site, in the frontier river settlement of Stillwater, sixty-one delegates from the vast unorganized wilderness west of the St. Croix assembled on August 26, 1848 to hold the Minnesota Territorial Convention. In this convention the name Minnesota was selected and the spelling agreed upon, a petition was drawn, memorializing Congress to set up a territorial government, and H.H. Sibley was dispatched to Washington as the delegate of the convention bearing the petition.
Stillwater Territorial Centennial Committee
August 26, 1948
Erected 1948 by Stillwater Territorial Centennial Committee.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1848.
Location. 45° 3.386′ N, 92° 48.371′ W. Marker is in Stillwater, Minnesota, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (State Highway 95) and Myrtle Street, on the right when traveling south on Main Street. Touch for mapTouch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1884 Upper St. Croix River Log Jam (a few steps from this marker); 226 East Myrtle Street (within shouting distance of this marker); John Karst Block (within shouting distance of this marker); 114 North Main Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Lumbermen's Exchange Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Connolly Shoe Company Building (about 400 feet away); 1965 Easter Sunday Floodwater Crest (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stillwater.
More about this marker. The Joseph Wolf Company building (1911) contributes to the Stillwater Commercial Historic District (no marker stating such).
Also see . . .
1. History of the Minnesota Territory. Minnesota Territorial Pioneers website entry (Submitted on November 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. 1858 Minnesota Statehood Constitutional Convention Proceedings. Internet Archive website entry (Submitted on November 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2022. It was originally submitted on November 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 386 times since then and 3 times this year. Last updated on July 15, 2019, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.