“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Saint Paul in Ramsey County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Three Islands in the Mississippi

Three Islands in the Mississippi Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 30, 2015
1. Three Islands in the Mississippi Marker
Inscription.  The Mississippi River’s many islands are well known to navigators, and the roles of several as accessible and safe havens for villages, camps, and forts have made them significant in Minnesota’s past. Lt. Zebulon Pike chose this island, later named for him, as a camp site on his 1805 expedition to explore the upper Mississippi, following the Louisiana Purchase. Pike met with Dakota Indian leaders here and purchased land which would later become part of the Twin Cities.

Grey Cloud Island, further downstream, was known to the Dakota people for its supernatural woods and its great variety of wild fruit. U. S. troops under the command of Colonel Henry Leavenworth found it a good campsite on their way up the river to establish Fort Snelling, and in 1838 Joseph R. Brown, a former fort drummer boy, established a trading post there.

The home of the Prairie Island Dakota Indian Community, who share it with a nuclear power plant, Prairie Island at the mouth of the Vermillion River may have been one of the first Minnesota locations visited by French explorers in the late 17th century. They called it Isle Pelee (Bald
Land Between Two Rivers and Three Islands in the Mississippi Markers image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 30, 2015
2. Land Between Two Rivers and Three Islands in the Mississippi Markers
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Island), probably because of its extensive prairie cover dotted with several lakes and sloughs.
Erected 1989 by the Minnesota Historical Society. Funding provided by the LCMR.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationNative AmericansWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1805.
Location. 44° 53.455′ N, 93° 10.62′ W. Marker is in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in Ramsey County. Marker can be reached from Tower Avenue in Minneapolis near Bloomington Road (MSP International Airport). Marker is on Pike Island in St. Paul, but can only be reached from Minneapolis, near the airport. It is just a cross the Minnesota Valley State Trail footbridge that is the only bridge to Pike Island. It is in Fort Snelling State Park. But the closest parking is at Historic Fort Snelling itself, which is not part of the state park. Walk past the fort’s entrance and continue down the steep footpath to a five-way intersection. Take the second path counting from your right and you will be at the footbridge shortly. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 Tower Ave, Saint Paul MN 55111, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wokiksuye K'a Woyuonihan (approx. ¼ mile away); The Prairie (approx. 0.3 miles away); De Dakod Makoce Unkitawapi E E
View from Footbridge image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 30, 2015
3. View from Footbridge
This marker is hidden in the shadows to the right of the Land Between Two Rivers maker. In this photo it is in the highlighted oval.
(approx. 0.3 miles away); U.S. Army, Buildings 17 and 18 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Colonel Josiah Snelling (approx. 0.4 miles away); Giacomo Constantino Beltrami (approx. 0.4 miles away); Elizabeth R. Snelling (approx. 0.4 miles away); "Where the Waters Meet" (approx. half a mile away).
Regarding Three Islands in the Mississippi. Marker is on Pike Island. Upper and Lower Grey Could Islands can be reached from Cottage Grove. Prairie Island is the furthest downstream, just before Red Wing.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 10, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 479 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 10, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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