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Lake City in Wabasha County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Patton Park

Named in Memory of George Patton and Eliza Kellogg, His Wife

 
 
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Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 10, 2013
1. Patton Park Marker
Inscription.  who came to Lake City in 1856 as territorial pioneers. They purchased an interest in the new townsite and selected the square comprising this park as the location of their future home. On this site, the same year, they built their residence and retained the entire square as their homestead during their lifetime.

From 1857 to 1881 Mr. Patton, with his son Hiram T. Patton, operated a pioneer store under the firm name of George Patton & Son.

After the square was acquired by the City, the Lake City improvement club sponsored landscaping the park.

Special credit should be given to J.M. Underwood and E.A. Smith of the Jewell Nurseries for their part in landscaping and planting and to C.A. Koch for his planning and supervisory service.
This plaque placed by George W. Patton
Grandson of the original owners
of the parksite

Commemorating Minnesota Territorial
Centennial Year
1949

 
Erected 1949 by George W. Patton.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational Areas
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Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1856.
 
Location. 44° 26.903′ N, 92° 16.053′ W. Marker is in Lake City, Minnesota, in Wabasha County. Marker is on U.S. 63 just south of High Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located near the northwest corner of Patton Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lake City MN 55041, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Louis McCahill Memorial Park (approx. ¼ mile away); The First Settler (approx. ¼ mile away); Ralph W. Samuelson (approx. 0.3 miles away); Historic Lake Pepin: Birthplace of Waterskiing (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Very Old Fish Story (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gold Star Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Sea Wing Disaster (approx. ¾ mile away); Site of Fort St. Antoine (approx. 2.4 miles away in Wisconsin). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lake City.
 
Also see . . .  History of Wabasha County. At that time boats did not land here, but Mr. Patton persuaded the captain of the War Eagle to put off his household effects, cow, etc., on the shore. Mr. Patton at once set about preparations to build, and during this season completed his residence, corner of High street and Lyon Avenue. All the material
Patton Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 10, 2013
2. Patton Park Marker
had to be freighted from Read's Landing, and much of it was purchased in Dubuque, the lumber being brought in a raft from the St. Croix River. Stones for the foundation were rolled down the bluffs, and Mr. Patton was obliged to mix mortar and wait on the mason, in order to fit the house for a shelter before winter came on. Only one carpenter and one mason could be found, and day-laborers were unheard of at that time. (Submitted on May 30, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Patton Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 10, 2013
3. Patton Park
(looking south from High Street • marker visible on far right)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 30, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 261 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 30, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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