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Owatonna in Steele County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

History of State School Rock Garden

 
 
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By Connor Olson, May 29, 2020
1. History of State School Rock Garden Marker
Inscription.  
The rock garden holds special memories for many of the children who lived on these grounds.

The story is...that sometime around 1930, a black meteorite fell from the sky in this location. Soon after, Superintendent Merrill, an avid gardener, proceeded to build a rock garden around it. He employed Steve Burzinski of Landscape Nursery, Havana Road, Owatonna, to design the garden, complete with a waterfall and trickling stream. Supposedly, a great deal of money was invested to achieve "the proper look,"

After the institution closed, the rock garden was graded up. It was reconstructed in commemoration of the Owatonna Sesquicentennial and dedicated August 8, 2004. thanks to the efforts of:

Owatonna Foundation, Inc.
State Public School Orphanage Museum Board
West Hills Commission


 
Erected by Owatonna Foundation, INC., State Public School Orphanage Museum Board, West Hills Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceCharity & Public Work.
 
Location. 44° 
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By Connor Olson, May 29, 2020
2. History of State School Rock Garden Marker
5.41′ N, 93° 14.26′ W. Marker is in Owatonna, Minnesota, in Steele County. Marker can be reached from West Hills Circle west of State Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 540 W Hills Cir, Owatonna MN 55060, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Minnesota State Public School for Dependent and Neglected Children (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rock Island Railway Station 1901 (approx. 0.4 miles away); National Farmer's Bank of Owatonna (approx. 0.7 miles away); The T-38 Talon Thunderbird Jets are moved to Owatonna Degner Regional Airport (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Story of the Three T-38 Talon Thunderbird Jets (approx. 2.2 miles away); Medford's Last Carriage Stone (approx. 5.8 miles away); Minnesota State Schools (approx. 7.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  State School & Orphanage Restoration projects. (Submitted on August 12, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota.)
 
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By Connor Olson, May 29, 2020
3. History of State School Rock Garden
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 12, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 45 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 12, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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