Mankato in Blue Earth County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Washington Park / Fourth Street Route Depot Grounds
The mainline was known as the "Fourth Street Route" and the railroad yard occupied the Fourth Street right-of-way from Madison Avenue to Mulberry Street. The timber-framed depot was the showcase on this route. This plaque is near the center of the old depot. Directly north of the depot, across Washington Street, was a freight house, a four-stall brick engine house, turntable and a nearby stockyard. A branch line of the Mankato Streetcar Railway Company also provided horse-drawn transportation between the depot grounds and downtown Mankato.
The Minnesota Valley Railway Company would become part of the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway Company, locally known as the "Omaha Line." By 1882, it was under control of the Chicago and Northwestern Railway Company, which also served Mankato. On January 13, 1885, Schuler Colfax, former U.S. Vice President and Speaker of the House, was traveling
Fourth Street Route Depot Grounds
(Continued from other side)
The Omaha Line decided to abandon its tracks on Fourth Street in favor of a route along the Minnesota River; however, they did not officially vacate the site until March 11, 1912. Washington Park was dedicated in 1915 by City of Mankato officials, citizens and guests.
Erected 2007 by Blue Earth County Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 44° 10.072′ N, 93° 59.778′ W. Marker is in Mankato, Minnesota, in Blue Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 215 North 4th Street, Mankato MN 56001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dakota (Sioux) Memorial – 1862 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Korean War (approx. 0.3 miles away); Minnesota River Steamboating (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sinclair Lewis House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hubbard House (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Lorin & Lulu Cray Home (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ho-Chunk / Winnebago (approx. 0.7 miles away); Civil War Monument (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mankato.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 11, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 552 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 11, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.