“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Hastings in Dakota County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Early Hastings

Early Hastings Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lugnuts, July 17, 2019
1. Early Hastings Marker
Inscription.  This sculpture should not be viewed with realism, but as the artist’s expression of some of the images that helped form the community.

The wagon wheel represents commerce and the progress of life. It is placed in your line of sight so you look into the sculpture not beyond it.

The Mississippi river was central to the founding of this city. It can be seen flowing from the hub of the wheel as it cascades down over the rock foundation.

The bundled shock of grain shows our agricultural heritage. The heads are heavy laden with the bounties of the earth and the labors of the land.

The spiraling lines emanating from the second side of the wheel are a depiction of The Spiral Bridge that was unique to Hastings from 1895-1951.

The sculpture appears to grow out of a native Minnesota boulder suggesting the idea of a solid and permanent community.

Paris Pasch

Gift from Hazel Jacobson Theel

October 2002
Erected 2002.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture
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Location. 44° 44.589′ N, 92° 51.124′ W. Marker is in Hastings, Minnesota, in Dakota County. Marker is on 3rd Street East, 0 miles east of Vermillion Street (U.S. 61), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Hastings Public Square, Hastings MN 55033, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dakota County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Masonic Block (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hastings, Minnesota (about 400 feet away); Downtown Hastings — Yesterday and Today (about 400 feet away); One Neighborhood, Many Stories (about 400 feet away); Finch Building (about 500 feet away); The Pringle Hardware Building (about 600 feet away); Gardner House Hotel (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hastings.
Regarding Early Hastings. The marker explains the sculpture in the public square that is an artist's conception of the early history of Hastings. The sculpture, and the plaque, covers the important factors in the growth of Hastings, including commerce, agriculture, river life and the long-lost spiral bridge
Early Hastings Sculpture image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lugnuts, July 17, 2019
2. Early Hastings Sculpture
Artist: Paris Pasch
that was a unique feature of the city.
Hastings Public Square image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lugnuts, July 17, 2019
3. Hastings Public Square
Hastings Public Square is the location of the sculpture. The sculpture is on the lower left side of the photo, the marker is located at the base of the sculpture.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 30, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 30, 2019, by Lugnuts of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 254 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 30, 2019, by Lugnuts of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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