Excelsior in Hennepin County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Peter M. Gideon and the Wealthy Apple
In 1854, he recorded that he planted one bushel of apple seed and a peck of peach seed. For fourteen years he planted, seeded, and grafted more than 10,000 apple, cherry, peach, pear, plum, and quince trees; but hard winters, blight, grasshopper plagues, and other reverses prevailed. Each year he had to start anew.
From one seed he obtained from Maine, a seedling grew that withstood the hard Minnesota winters and produced in 1868 the celebrated Wealthy apple, which was named for his wife and hailed as the "best apple produced since Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden." From this flourished the Northwest's fruitgrowing industries.
His steadfastness and perseverance applied also to his outspoken, often inflexible, views on social issues. He condemned slavery and abuse of Indians, supported women's rights,
Within view of this monument, which is on the southeast corner of the original homestead, is the Gideon home, now more than 100 years old, and the site of the original orchards.
[Seal of The Minnesota Historical Society]
Erected by the Minnesota Historical Society
Erected 1965 by Minnesota Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Horticulture & Forestry. In addition, it is included in the Minnesota Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1853.
Location. 44° 54.223′ N, 93° 35.51′ W. Marker is in Excelsior, Minnesota, in Hennepin County. Marker is at the intersection of Gideons Lane and Glen Road on Gideons Lane. Marker can be reached from Glen Road, west of County Road 19 / Manitou Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Excelsior MN 55331, 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. Peter M. Gideon (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Geology of Lake Minnetonka (approx. 1.3 miles away); In Honor of All Who Served and Those Who Died (approx. 1.4 miles away); Soldiers Memorial (approx. Christmas Lake (approx. 2.7 miles away); SurfSide Park (approx. 4.2 miles away); Minnetonka -- Queen of the Inland Lakes (approx. 4.2 miles away); Veterans Monument (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Excelsior.
Also see . . . Minesota History Magazine. Minnesota Historical Society; Peter M. Gideon, Pioneer Horticulturist. pdf (Submitted on September 6, 2012.)
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