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

Everyone's Country Estate

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Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, April 24, 2019
1. Everyone's Country Estate Marker
Today more than one hundred parks, waysides, monuments, historic sites, and trails are operated by the State of Minnesota. They fulfill the plea of Newton H. Winchell, state geologist and archaeologist, who in 1889 stressed the value of a system of public parks and of "… the healthful resort that it would afford for those living in the cities."

Minnesota's parks preserve portions of the state's varied topography that ranges from forests to prairies and wetlands to lakes. They also include vivid representations of the state's geological story from continental seas, the work of numerous glaciers, and subsequent erosion. Also, much of the history of this area is preserved within state parks; these resources include Native American earthworks, military forts, a lighthouse, and numerous other historic places and structures. Many of them are beautiful stone and wooden buildings constructed in the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Minnesota's State parks are truly "Everyone's Country Estate," a description that came from the title of Roy W. Meyer's book on the history of the state
Everyone's Country Estate Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, April 24, 2019
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park system. Efforts began in 1885 to preserve some of the state's natural resources and to provide places for its citizens and visitors to enjoy. In that year the Minnesota State Legislature authorized the establishment of Minnehaha State Park; it never gained this status, but today it serves as one of the most important parks in the Minneapolis park system. It was in 1891 that Itasca famed as the source of the Mississippi River became the initial park in the statewide system and it retains that premier position. At Itasca and the other state parks all people are given the opportunity to encounter nature and its many wonders as well as numerous significant episodes in human history.

Erected 1997 by Minnesota Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Parks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the Minnesota Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1889.
Location. 43° 39.663′ N, 93° 6.852′ W. Marker is near Albert Lea, Minnesota, in Freeborn County. Marker is on Interstate 90 W at milepost 171. Located at a Oakland Woods (westbound) Rest Area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Albert Lea MN 56007, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hormel (approx. 6.9 miles away);
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William Baudler (approx. 6.9 miles away); Oakwood Cemetery W.R.C. Memorial (approx. 7 miles away); The Paramount Theatre (approx. 7.1 miles away); Jefferson Highway Completion (approx. 13 miles away in Iowa).
Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 5, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 152 times since then and 22 times this year. Last updated on November 10, 2021. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 5, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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Aug. 16, 2022