Near Howard Lake in Wright County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Dustin Massacre
A state of terror prevailed on the Minnesota western frontier for many months after the Sioux Uprising of 1862. Roving bands of Sioux continued to elude pursuers and attack settlers. The Dustin massacre occurred on June 29, 1863, one third mile northwest of this spot.
Amos Dustin was moving his family to a new claim in the southwestern part of Wright County. There were six in the party: Amos Dustin, his wife Kate, their three children, Alma 6, Robert 4, and Albert 2, and Dustin's widowed mother, Mrs. Jeanette Dustin. Their wagon was drawn by an ox team. A party of Indians fell upon them from ambush, shot three to death with arrows, and mortally wounded a fourth. Alma and Albert were left unharmed. The victims are buried in a cemetery at Waverly.
It has always been believed, although never proved, that the massacre was perpetrated by members of Little Crow’s party who were in the vicinity at the time. Four days later Little Crow was shot and killed near Hutchinson while picking berries with a son.
seal of the State of Minnesota
June 29, 1963
Erected 1963 by the Wright County Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers • Wars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Minnesota Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1861.
Location. 45° 3.953′ N, 94° 6.185′ W. Marker is near Howard Lake, Minnesota, in Wright County. Marker is on 60th Street SW (U.S. 12) 0.4 miles west of Keats Avenue SW, on the right when traveling west. Marker is at a highway pull-off with one access drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Howard Lake MN 55349, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wright County Centennial Elm Tree (approx. 1.2 miles away); Howard Lake City Hall (approx. 1.6 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 6½ miles away); Hubert H. Humphrey Memorial (approx. 6½ miles away); Waverly Village Hall (approx. 6.6 miles away); Dassel Area Veterans Memorial (approx. 9.9 miles away); Silver Lake Auditorium (approx. 12.2 miles away); St Joseph's Church and School (approx. 12.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Howard Lake.
Regarding The Dustin Massacre.
Also see . . .
1. Dustin Massacre witness speaks. An article from an early 1900s issue of the Howard Lake Herald. "That night, we gave the alarm and got a hundred men and started out to find the rest of the family..." (Submitted on October 31, 2013.)
2. Descendants of family killed by Dakota near Howard Lake reunites on 150th anniversary. Herald-Journal website entry (2013) (Submitted on September 19, 2023, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
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