Arnolds Park in Dickinson County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The pioneer settlers named below were massacred by Sioux Indians March 8 to 13 1857. This barbarous work was commenced near this spot and continued to Springfield now Jackson Minn.
Robert Clark · Rowland Gardner · Frances M. Gardner · Rowland Gardner · Carl Granger · Jos. Harshman · Isaac H. Harriott · Joel Howe · Millie Howe · Jonathan Howe · Sardis Howe · Alfred Howe · Jacob Howe · Philetus Howe · Harvey Luce · Mary M. Luce · Albert Luce · Amanda Luce · Wm. Wood
James H. Mattock · Mary M. Mattock · Alice Mattock · Daniel Mattock · Agnes Mattock · Jacob M. Mattock · Jackson A. Mattock · William Marble · Robert Mathieson · Lydia Noble · Alvin Noble · John Noble · Enoch Ryan · Bertell A. Snyder · Joshua Stewart, wife · and two children · Elizabeth Thatcher · Eldora Thatcher · Geo. Wood
Miss Abbie Gardner, Mrs. Margaret Ann Marble, Mrs. Lydia Noble, and Mrs. Elizabeth Thatcher were carried into captivity. Mrs. Marble was rescued May 21, and Miss Gardner June 23, 1857, through the
Cap. J. C. Johnson of Webster City and Wm. E. Burkholder of Fort Dodge were frozen to death on the return march in Palo Alto CO. Apr. 4, 1857.
Persons who fled from the attack on Springfield (Jackson) Minn. and were rescued by the relief expedition.
John Bradshaw, David Carver, Mrs. S. J. Church and two children, Eliza Gardner, George Granger, Mrs. Harshman and children,-----Harshman (son of the preceding) and wife, Morris Markham, Mrs. Wm. Nelson and child, Jareb Palmer, A. P. Shiegley, J. B. Skinner and wife,-----Smith and wife, Dr. E. B. N. Strong, wife and two children, John Stewart, Drusilla Swanger, J. B. Thomas, wife and five children.
Erected 1894 by order of the Twenty-Fifth General Assembly of the State of Iowa.
Topics. This historical marker and monument is listed in these topic lists: Disasters • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers • Wars, US Indian. A significant historical date for this entry is March 8, 1857.
Location. 43° 21.892′ N, 95° 8.405′ W. Marker is in Arnolds Park, Iowa, in Dickinson County. Marker is on Monument Drive. It is on a city block with a museum (open only in summer for it is a resort town) It has Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 74 Monument Dr, Arnolds Park IA 51331, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Abigail Gardner Sharp (within shouting distance of this marker); Luce Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); The Gardner Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); Abbie Gardner Historic Site (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Glacial Gift (approx. ¼ mile away); American Indians & Settlers (approx. ¼ mile away); The Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum (approx. ¼ mile away); Steamships of the Iowa Great Lakes (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arnolds Park.
Regarding Massacre Monument. Nearby are markers for James Mattock Cabin (351 N. HWY 71, Arnolds Park.) where the whole family of 7 plus a visitor was burned alive inside
Granger Cabin (1200 HWY 71, Okaboji, IA) where 4 men were killed.
Joel Howe Cabin (1769 Spirit Lake, IA) where the family of 8 were murdered.
Thatcher-Noble cabin ( 1687 260th Ave, Spirit Lake,IA) where Mrs. Noble and Mrs.Thatcher were taken captive only to be killed later.
Marble Cabin (3200 HWY 276, Spirit Lake,IA) where the Indians killed Mr. Marble and his wife was taken hostage
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