Near Sunburg in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
On August 20, 1862, Andrew Jackson, a circuit-rider minister, was conducting services for members of the New Sweden Church (Lebanon Lutheran) at the Lundborg family cabin at this site. Young Peter Broberg interrupted to tell his parents that Indians had frightened the children back at home in West Lake, a settlement on the Kandiyohi-Swift county border. The men left to protect their families. Thirteen settlers, including several members of the Broberg and Lundborg families, were killed in the ensuing confrontation at West Lake. Afterwards, Pastor Jackson led a relief and burial party in the area.
the Federal Highway Administration,
and Kandiyohi County, for the Glacial Ridge Scenic Byway Project.
Erected in 2002.
Erected 2002 by the Kandiyohi County Historical Society, the Federal Highway Administration, and Kandiyohi County, for the Glacial Ridge Scenic Byway Project.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionSettlements & Settlers • Wars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #07 Andrew Jackson series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1862.
Location. 45° 19.034′ N, 95° 14.1′ W. Marker is near Sunburg, Minnesota, in Kandiyohi County. Marker is on 140th Street Northwest (County Highway 7) 1.6 miles south of 225th Avenue Northwest (County Road 112), on the right when traveling south. Marker is southeast of Sunburg Lake. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20102 140th Street Northwest, Sunburg MN 56289, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Log Church (approx. 2.8 miles away); a different marker also named The Old Log Church (approx. 2.8 miles away); U.S. Military Post (approx. 5.3 miles away); Jericho (approx. 5.4 miles away); Isle of Refuge (approx. 5.4 miles away); Lake Florida Mission Covenant Church (approx. 8.2 miles away); Johannes Iverson (approx. 8.4 miles away); Guri Endresen-Rosseland (approx. 11.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sunburg.
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.
Regarding Lundborg Cabin. As the settlers left the Lundborg cabin, Rev. Jackson cautioned them not to provoke the Dakota; West Lake settlers were unaware of the uprising that started a few days earlier. When the settlers returned to West Lake (today called Monson Lake), there was nothing to indicate hostility — the Dakota appeared to be a hunting party such as they had been accustomed to see. But, at some prearranged signal, the Dakota opened fire.
source: Year-book of the Swedish Historical Society of America, 1922
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Also see . . .
1. The West Lake Attack. Minnesota Historical Society. (Submitted on October 9, 2014.)
2. Monson Lake State Park. Minnesota Historical Society. "Monson Lake State Park, originally called Monson Lake Memorial State Park, is the site of one of the first skirmishes of the U.S.-Dakota Conflict of 1862. It was set aside in 1923 as a memorial to the Broberg family, local pioneers killed in the conflict." (Submitted on October 9, 2014.)
3. Monson Lake State Park. Wikipedia entry. Euro-American settlement; The attack at the Broberg cabin. (Submitted on October 9, 2014.)
Additional keywords. U.S.–Dakota War of 1862
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 9, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 516 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 9, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.