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Near Howard Lake in Wright County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Dustin Massacre

 
 
The Dustin Massacre Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, October 24, 2013
1. The Dustin Massacre Marker
(photo taken at sunset)
Inscription.  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.

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The Dustin Massacre Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 13, 2014
2. The Dustin Massacre Marker
of Highways
Erected by Wright County Historical Society
June 29, 1963

 
Erected 1963 by the Wright County Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Minnesota Historical Society series list.
 
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 5 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans Memorial (approx. 6½ miles away); Hubert H. Humphrey Memorial (approx. 6½ miles away); Dassel Area Veterans Memorial (approx. 9.9 miles away); St Joseph's Church and School (approx. 12.8 miles away); Lester Prairie Veterans Memorial (approx. 12.9 miles away).
 
Regarding The Dustin Massacre. In August 1862, the Minnesota Dakota, also known by the French term, “Sioux," waged war against the United States following two years
The Dustin Massacre Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, October 24, 2013
3. The Dustin Massacre Marker
(photo taken at sunset)
of unfulfilled treaty obligations. After attacking the Redwood (Lower Sioux) Agency, a remote government outpost, the Dakota moved with speed and surprise in southwestern Minnesota and what was then eastern Dakota Territory, killing nearly everyone in their path. They killed approximately 800 settlers and soldiers, took many prisoners, and caused extensive property damage throughout the Minnesota River Valley before it came to an end at Camp Release on September 26, 1862.
 
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. Dustin Massacre 1863. "When this news spread in Wright County again panic set in. Since the Souix uprising in the previous year rumors of Indian raids had abounded throughout the area, now it was a reality." (Submitted on October 31, 2013.) 
 
The Dustin Massacre Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 13, 2014
4. The Dustin Massacre Marker
The Dustin Massacre Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 13, 2014
5. The Dustin Massacre Marker
Explanation of Original Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 13, 2014
6. Explanation of Original Site Marker
The inscription on this original site marker reads "Dustin Family Killed Here By Indians June 29, 1863"
Original Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 13, 2014
7. Original Site Marker
Dustin Family Killed Here By Indians June 29, 1863
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 31, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 925 times since then and 139 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 31, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   2. submitted on July 4, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   3. submitted on October 31, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 4, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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