Anoka in Anoka County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Where Cultures Meet
Native peoples and traders met at a trading post constructed across the Rum River from The Point in 1844 by Joseph Bellanger. The Ojibwa brought furs and skins to trade for copper cooking pots, cloth, blankets, decorative beads and iron tools.
The trading post also served as a traveler's rest for settlers and traders using the nearby Red River Oxcart Trail. It was the first building constructed in Anoka and provided a temporary home for traders, missionaries and settlers.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1844.
Location. 45° 11.5′ N, 93° 23.45′ W. Marker is in Anoka, Minnesota, in Anoka County. Marker can be reached from South Ferry Road, 0.3 miles east of South Ferry Street. Marker is in Peninsula Point Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1460 South Ferry Parkway, Anoka MN 55303, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fireman's Grove (within shouting distance of this marker); Logbooms Meet Sawmills (within shouting distance River Highways (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Where Land and Water Meet (about 400 feet away); Bridging the Mississippi (about 400 feet away); Highway of Exploration (about 500 feet away); Circle of Life (about 500 feet away); Who Lived Here / Neighborhood Names / Building a Community (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anoka.
More about this marker. painting captions:
• Painting by Bill Cannon.
• A reconstruction of the Bellanger trading post across from The Point on the Rum River.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 26, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 827 times since then and 74 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 26, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.