Henderson in Sibley County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
A place of big plans and broken dreams...
The Minnesota River Valley has been home to many cultures. Paleo, Archaic, Plains, Woodland, Iowa, Oneota and Dakota Indians followed each other in the basin. After 1852, settlers from Europe and the eastern U. S. came to the valley looking for a better life.
Farm families, merchants, craftsmen, town developers and dreamers saw great opportunities in the valley. Some merchants and promoters, such as Brown, found success in the valley in supplying provisions and transportation for this westward movement. Others did not survive the rigors of pioneer life. Many returned on to Colorado, Oregon and California.
As settlers' farms displaced the traditional hunting grounds of the Dakota, some Dakota people accepted the immigrants' religions and farming practices. Following the 1862 U.S.–Dakota War, the Dakota people experienced the loss of both traditional and newly adopted lifestyles as they were forced onto reservations further west. Immigrants and Dakota alike lost much because of this six week war.
The Minnesota River Valley... Find out how these and other stories of hope and despair played out in the Minnesota
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1852.
Location. 44° 31.717′ N, 93° 54.524′ W. Marker is in Henderson, Minnesota, in Sibley County. Marker is on North 6th Street north of Main Street (Minnesota Highway 19), on the left when traveling north. Marker is located northeast of the Henderson City Hall / Community Building, the former 1879 Sibley County Courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 Main Street, Henderson MN 56044, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Joseph R. Brown Minnesota River Center (here, next to this marker); Meet Joseph R. Brown (here, next to this marker); John Other Day (within shouting distance of this marker); August F. Poehler House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Jude's Episcopal Church Congregation (about 500 feet away); Veterans Memorial (about 700 feet away); The U.S.–Dakota War of 1862 (approx. ¼ mile away); Exiled from Their Homeland (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Henderson.
More about this marker. caption: Ansicht von New Ulm, MN, 1850. Minn. Historical Society
Also see . . .
1. The Prehistoric Indians of Minnesota. Minnesota Historical Society website entry (Submitted on March 4, 2014.)
2. History of Minnesota Indians. History of Native Americans website entry (Submitted on March 4, 2014.)
3. Ansicht von New Ulm, Minnesota, 1860(Submitted on March 4, 2014.)
4. Joseph R. Brown Heritage Society. Henderson website entry (Submitted on March 4, 2014.)
Additional keywords. Joseph R. Brown Minnesota River Center
Credits. This page was last revised on December 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 4, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 502 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on March 4, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 2. submitted on May 9, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 3. submitted on March 4, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.