Jackson in Jackson County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Olson Slaabakken Cabin / The Jackson County Massacre Monument
This monument was erected by Emanuel Haertel of the Jackson - Fairmont Monument Works.
At that time it was 30 feet tall and weighed 60,000 pounds.
The names on the marker were believed to be the names of the victims of both conflicts. At the present time the names have come under scrutiny and some errors have
1857: (7 victims) : George Wood, William Wood, Josiah Steward, Mrs. Josiah Stewart, Child Stewart, Child Stewart, and William Thomas
1862: (12 victims): Mikkel Olson, Ole O. Forde, Johannes K. Exe, Knudt Midtstad, Brita Midtstad, Lars Larson Furnes, Anna Larson Furnes, Anna Langeland, Anna Langland, Aagaata Langland, Nicolai Johann Langeland, Knud Langland.
Besides the omissions, the main reason for the discrepancy in the names was the many different ways that the Norwegians expressed their names resulting in individuals being referred to by two different names. In comparing the list of victims from the many different accounts of those that survived, the above names are the most consistent. The names of Mr. and Mrs. Lars Hjornevik were put on the monument, but it may be possible that they are the same individuals referred to as Mr. & Mrs. Lars Larson Furnes.
A Shorter Monument
The monument, on June 14, 1981, was damaged when a tree fell on it during a storm, breaking the stone. The pieces were taken to St. Cloud where the stone was cut and the pieces were reassembled. A close examination will reveal the repairs and a shorter than original monument.
Erected by the Jackson County Historical Society and the City
Topics. This historical marker and monument is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers • Wars, US Indian. A significant historical year for this entry is 1856.
Location. 43° 37.571′ N, 94° 59.205′ W. Marker is in Jackson, Minnesota, in Jackson County. Marker is on Riverside Drive, 0.1 miles west of State Street, on the left when traveling west. Located in Ashley Park in Jackson. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 418 Riverside Dr, Jackson MN 56143, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Olson-Slaabakken Cabin (here, next to this marker); Jackson County Massacre Monument (here, next to this marker); Government Ditches (approx. 1.9 miles away); History in the Soil (approx. 4.9 miles away); State Line Congregation (approx. 9.9 miles away in Iowa); Marble Cabin (approx. 12˝ miles away in Iowa); First Fort in Dickinson County (approx. 14.8 miles away in Iowa); Spirit Lake Stockade (approx. 15.2 miles away in Iowa). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jackson.
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