Near Willmar in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Dakota people had hunting and fishing camps in Kandiyohi County before the American and European immigrants came. These immigrants had to learn how to co-exist with the Dakota. Many settlers had good relationships with the Dakota and would trade goods and food with them, thus it was a surprise when 25-30 warriors attacked them in August 1862.
On August 21, 1862, Olof Haugen had gone to Green Lake to get the mail and do trading. A Dakota war party came upon their homestead and killed both Bergeret and Frederick. Their bodies were later discovered by a burial party and buried at this site.
the State of Minnesota through the Minnesota Historical Society from the Arts and
Cultural Heritage Fund and the Kandiyohi County
Erected by the State of Minnesota through the Minnesota Historical Society and the Kandiyohi County Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers • Wars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Minnesota Historical Society series list.
Location. 45° 9.274′ N, 95° 5.039′ W. Marker is near Willmar, Minnesota, in Kandiyohi County. Marker is on 30th Street Northwest (County Highway 5) 0.4 miles south of 37th Avenue Northwest (County Road 92), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3310 / 3352 37th Avenue Northwest, Willmar MN 56201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Turning Back Time (approx. 1.8 miles away); Guri Endresen-Rosseland (approx. 2.2 miles away); Geology of the Willmar Region (approx. 2.6 miles away); Veterans War Memorial (approx. 2.8 miles away); Robbins Island (approx. 2.9 miles away); "Kandiyohi" (approx. 2.9 miles away); Kandiyohi County Indian History (approx. 2.9 miles away); Great Northern Railway Engine No. 2523 (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Willmar.
More about this marker. The marker has the Historic Site seal of the Kandiyohi County Historical Society · 1895.
In August 1862, the Minnesota Dakota, also known by the French term, “Sioux," waged war against the United States following two years 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.
Olof Haugen, while heading to Green Lake to get the mail and do trading, was killed on the northeast side of West Twin Lake in Kandiyohi County, seven miles from his home.
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Also see . . .
1. Study Resource Guide · U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 · Kandiyohi County. (Submitted on October 6, 2014.)
2. 1862 Dakota War. "It was the largest Indian war in American history. The main battleground was the entire Minnesota River Valley in southern and central Minnesota. The uprising spread into the Dakota Territories and sent panic into Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin." (Submitted on October 6, 2014.)
3. The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. (Submitted on October 6, 2014.)
Additional keywords. U.S.–Dakota War of 1862; Olaf Olson Haugen
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 6, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 561 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 6, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.