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

Frontenac

 
 
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Photographed By Keith L, July 22, 2011
1. Frontenac Marker
Inscription.  This scenic Mississippi River site provided Native Americans food, shelter, and transportation for over 9,000 years. Count Frontenac, the Governor of New France, sponsored the first European explorers to this area in 1680. James (Bully) Wells established a fur trading post in 1840. In 1854, Evert Westervelt opened the first store in “Western Landing.” Israel and Lewis Garrard brought resources and craftsmen to build an aristocratic frontier city and, in 1857 platted the town Westervelt.

The village was renamed Frontenac in 1859 and prospered in fur trading, logging, limestone, and hospitality. Frontenac, an early example of town planning, was named a National Historic District in 1971.

This monument is located in Valhalla Park, a bluff land park that borders the length of Garrard Avenue.

Enjoy historic Frontenac and the timeless solitude it offers its visitors and inhabitants.

Frontenac Heritage Preservation Commission - 2006
 
Erected 2006 by Frontenac Heritage Preservation Commission.
 
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Settlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1680.
 
Location. 44° 31.572′ N, 92° 19.743′ W. Marker is in Frontenac, Minnesota, in Goodhue County. Marker is on County 2 Boulevard (County Road 2) south of Garrard Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Frontenac MN 55026, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wakondiota Park (approx. ¼ mile away); Christ Episcopal Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Beauharnois (approx. 1.4 miles away); Lake Pepin's Shell Game / In Search of Summer (approx. 2.4 miles away); Maiden Rock (approx. 2.4 miles away); a different marker also named Maiden Rock (approx. 2.7 miles away in Wisconsin); Lake Pepin (approx. 3.9 miles away in Wisconsin); The Sea Wing Disaster (approx. 5.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frontenac.
 
Also see . . .  Frontenac, Minnesota. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on September 14, 2011.) 
 
Frontenac Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, July 22, 2011
2. Frontenac Marker
Mississippi River
Nearby Sign image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, July 22, 2011
3. Nearby Sign
Frontenac · Est. 1857 · Historic District · Placed on the National Register of Historic Places · By the United States Department of the Interior · Listed June 4, 1973
[National Register of Historic Places #73000978]
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 14, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 923 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 14, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

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