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Graceville in Big Stone County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Graceville

 
 
Graceville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Minnesota Department of Transportation, 2015
1. Graceville Marker
Graceville marker in 2015 before rehabilitation. From https://www.dot.state.mn.us/roadsides/historic/gallery.html
Inscription.  About 1866 a trading post on the Fort Wadsworth Trail was established on Tokua Lakes a mile west of town. Early in 1878 Archbishop Ireland, after erecting a church on the present town site, located several hundred families in the vicinity through the Catholic Colonization Bureau, and named the settlement for Bishop Thomas L. Grace.
 
Erected 1940.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 45° 34.083′ N, 96° 26.995′ W. Marker is in Graceville, Minnesota, in Big Stone County. Marker is on St Marys Avenue (Minnesota Route 28 at milepost 22), 0.9 miles west of U.S. 75, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Graceville MN 56240, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Depot (approx. 7˝ miles away); St. Pauli Lutheran Church (approx. 9.8 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Below the original plaque is an additional bronze plaque with text: "This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior."

Marked on Google Maps as "Graceville Wayside Park"
 
Also see . . .
1. Minnesota Department of Transportation description of this monument.
Graceville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Minnesota Department of Transportation, 1940
2. Graceville Marker
Historic photo by Olson from 1940. The marker was nearly complete.
A gallery of photos of this monument, including historical photos, and before and after photos of its restoration are here (scroll to third gallery on page). (Submitted on September 23, 2020, by John Neitz of Minneapolis, Minnesota.) 

2. Entry for the Graceville Historical Marker site in the National Register of Historic Places. (Submitted on September 23, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Graceville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Minnesota Department of Transportation, 2019
3. Graceville Marker
Graceville marker in 2019 after rehabilitation.
Graceville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Minnesota Department of Transportation, 2015
4. Graceville Marker
Graceville marker in 2015 before rehabilitation.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 23, 2020, by John Neitz of Minneapolis, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 59 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 23, 2020, by John Neitz of Minneapolis, Minnesota. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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