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Near Frontenac in Goodhue County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Fort Beauharnois

 
 
Fort Beauharnois Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, July 22, 2011
1. Fort Beauharnois Marker
Inscription.  On the shore of Lake Pepin just north of here a French expedition commanded by LaPerriere and accompanied by two Jesuits in September 1727 built a substantial log fort and the mission of St. Michael the Archangel. The post was occupied periodically until about 1756.

[seals of the Minnesota Department of Highways and Minnesota Historical Society]

2010 Replica of Original 1940 Plaque

 
Erected 1940 by the Minnesota Department of Highways and Minnesota Historical Society. (Marker Number GD-FLC-056.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionExplorationForts and Castles. In addition, it is included in the Minnesota Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1727.
 
Location. 44° 30.418′ N, 92° 19.464′ W. Marker is near Frontenac, Minnesota, in Goodhue County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Great River Road (State Highway 61 / 63) and County 2 Boulevard (County Road 2), on
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the right when traveling north. Marker is at a highway wayside accessible from County 2 Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lake City MN 55041, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lake Pepin's Shell Game / In Search of Summer (approx. 1.1 miles away); Maiden Rock (approx. 1.1 miles away); Frontenac (approx. 1.4 miles away); Wakondiota Park (approx. 1.4 miles away); Christ Episcopal Church (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named Maiden Rock (approx. 1.8 miles away in Wisconsin); The Sea Wing Disaster (approx. 4.2 miles away); Gold Star Memorial (approx. 4˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frontenac.
 
Also see . . .
1. Minnesota Department of Transportation. Historic Roadside Development Structures Inventory. (Submitted on July 30, 2011.) 

2. Fort Beauharnois. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on July 30, 2011.) 
 
Fort Beauharnois Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, July 22, 2011
2. Fort Beauharnois Marker
Fort Beauharnois Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, July 22, 2011
3. Fort Beauharnois Marker
Frontenac State Park Information Kiosk [background]
Wayside image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, July 22, 2011
4. Wayside
Small Plaque below Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, July 22, 2011
5. Small Plaque below Marker
Constructed by
National Youth
Administration
1940
Frontenac State Park Kiosk image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, July 22, 2011
6. Frontenac State Park Kiosk
Welcome to Frontenac State Park
Below the bluffs surrounding Lake Pepin, Wells Creek flows into the Mississippi River, creating a delta. Here the merging waters form Sand Point, a special gathering spot for birds. From seasonal migrants to year-round residents, the concentration and variety of birds found on the point is unique. A short walk will take you there. The Sand Point Trail and orientation sign is located behind you, just across County Road 2. See the other side of this kiosk for more information about Frontenac State Park.
Frontenac State Park Kiosk image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, July 22, 2011
7. Frontenac State Park Kiosk
[east side]
Nearby Sign image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, July 22, 2011
8. Nearby Sign
Prairie Restoration
This site is being actively managed to restore the prairie community. Prairie is a permanent grassland that contains many kinds of grasses and flowering plants and a variety of birds and other animals. Prairie is a complex biological community very unlike the annual farm crops now grown in most of what was once prairie. Restoration is an artificial, still largely experimental, attempt to regenerate a natural biological community. It involves prescribed fire, plantings, weed control and many other techniques. Many years, perhaps decades, of patient work will be required to even partially restore this prairie.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 30, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,373 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 30, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

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