Near Atwater in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Diamond Lake Camp
At the start of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 settlers around Columbia (now Spencer) hastily formed an oxcart train and started for the stockade at Forest City. On the way to Diamond Lake, the refugees ran into other settlers fleeing from the Eagle Lake area. The two groups joined together and traveled towards Forest City. On August 20, 1862 along the Diamond Lake shore, the two groups of refugees fought a running battle with Dakota warriors. The engagement was broken off in the afternoon and the refugees went on to camp for the night at Wheeler Lake, a few miles to the southeast.
the State of Minnesota through the Minnesota Historical Society from the Arts and
Cultural Heritage Fund and the Kandiyohi County Historical Society.
Erected by the Minnesota Historical Society and the Kandiyohi County Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Wars, US Indian. In addition, it is included Minnesota Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1862.
Location. 45° 11.408′ N, 94° 51.777′ W. Marker is near Atwater, Minnesota, in Kandiyohi County. Marker is on County Highway 4, 0.4 miles north of 60th Avenue Northeast (County Highway 26), on the right when traveling north. Marker is 7 driving miles from Atwater. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kandiyohi MN 56251, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Diamond Lake Community Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Gates Homestead (approx. 0.4 miles away); Red River Trail (approx. 0.9 miles away); Wheeler Lake Camp (approx. 3.6 miles away); Green Lake Mounds (approx. 4.6 miles away); Spicer (approx. 4.9 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.9 miles away); How Irving Township Got Its Start (approx. 5.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atwater.
More about this marker. The marker has the Historic Site seal of the Kandiyohi County Historical Society · 1895.
Regarding Diamond Lake Camp. On August 19, 1862, several Columbia families spent the night together for mutual protection at the large home of J.H. Adams. The next morning they packed their wagons and headed for Forest City, meeting a large group of Eagle Lake refugees near Diamond Lake, where they proceeded east together.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 17, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 647 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 17, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.