Hastings in Dakota County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
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.
Gift from Hazel Jacobson Theel
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers.
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. Hastings Spiral Bridge (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); American Legion Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Downtown Develops (approx. 0.2 miles away); Spiral Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mississippi (approx. 0.2 miles away); Veterans Memorial Levee (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hastings Grows (approx. 0.2 miles away); Steamboats, Trains, and Barges (approx. ¼ mile 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 that was a unique feature of the city.
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 130 times since then and 13 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.