Hallock in Kittson County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Charles Hallock, a well-known New York naturalist and writer, referred to the area that would become the town of Hallock as "a Sportsman's Paradise." Hallock penned articles about its birds, grasses, flora, and wildlife for Harper's magazine, the New York Times, and the Evening Post. In 1873, he established a magazine called Forest and Stream, which later merged with Field and Stream.
Hallock first visited northwestern Minnesota around 1875. A few years later he set out to establish a farm colony in Kittson County for sportsmen. His vision included a large hotel and summer cottages. The town of Hallock was incorporated in 1887.
Hotel Hallock was completed in 1880. In promoting the hotel and the area, Mr. Hallock wrote, "Bands of elk came within a few miles of town, moose ran through the village, a black bear came to play with the kids at recess." On Christmas Eve of 1892, the hotel, which had no insurance, was destroyed by fire, and Mr. Hallock chose not to rebuild.
Railroad tycoon James J. Hill, "The Empire Builder," was CEO of a number of railroad lines, which made
James J. Hill's son, Walter Hill, lived in the house. He is pictured below with his wife and workers on the Hill Farm.
Indigenous people, including Cree, Assiniboine, Lakota (Sioux), and Ojibwe (Chippewa), long traversed this region. During the 1800s, the Metis people, descendants of Europeans — mainly French trappers — and Indian women primarily from the Pembina and Red Lake Band, took up residence in St. Vincent, 19 miles north of Hallock. They, along with local Ojibwe Indians, known as Chippewa by European newcomers, became frequent visitors to Hallock. Because the Ojibwe regularly traded at the Lindegard Bros. store, Axel Lindegard recorded many details about their visits in his diary.
Frederick McKinley “Casey” Jones is one of Hallock's most famous residents. He was the first African American to receive the National Medal of Technology, which was awarded posthumously in 1991. His inventions include portable cooling units, like refrigerated trailers and rail car containers, and sound-on-film equipment for movie theaters. He cofounded ThermoKing and received more than 60 patents for his refrigeration technology, x-ray machines, ticket-dispensing machines, engines, and sound equipment.
Fargo was filmed in Minnesota in 1995. Due to a lack of snow in the rest of the state, some of the scenes were shot in Hallock and nearby.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Industry & Commerce • Native Americans • Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1887.
Location. 48° 46.472′ N, 96° 56.68′ W. Marker is in Hallock, Minnesota, in Kittson County. Marker is on 2nd Street South (County Road 1) just west of South Birch Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located near the sidewalk in the community park located at the southwest corner of the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hallock MN 56728, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Also see . . . Hallock History.
André Jerome was the first to settle and stay in the Hallock area. Born in 1829 in Manitoba of French and Cree descent, he became a fur trader. He moved to Kittson County in 1872. “The Andre Jerome homestead was a trading post and steamboat landing and the jumping-off place for those settlers, fur traders and hunters coming down the Red River. Jerome directed these people to places where they could hunt, trap, work farms and build homes.”(Submitted on September 17, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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