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Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge in Becker County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Old Government Road

 
 
Old Government Road Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By D. Bjorn, June 14, 2007
1. Old Government Road Marker
Inscription.  This marker locates a part of the original trail which was cut out of the forest by the U.S. Army in 1868 to facilitate travel from Leech Lake to White Earth. Soldiers accompanied the paymasters along this road in the early days to provide protection when periodic payments were made to Chippewa tribal members. All these lands were included in the White Earth Indian Reservation in 1867. In 1889 Congress passed the Rice Treaty which assigned allotments of land within the reservation to individual Indians. The passage of the Clapp Act in 1906 permitted Indians with mixed blood to dispose of their allotted lands. Thereupon, most of the Indian landowners quickly sold their lands - many of the tracts holding valuable stands of virgin white and red pine. Logging companies proceeded to remove the valuable timber and then allowed many of the tracts to revert to the county for delinquent taxes. In 1936 the government selected this area for development as a national wildlife refuge. Since that time, the area has been consolidated by further land acquisition and is now managed as a multiple-use conservation area.
 
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Old Government Road Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By D. Bjorn, June 14, 2007
2. Old Government Road Marker
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these topic lists: Native AmericansRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1868.
 
Location. 47° 1.417′ N, 95° 36.817′ W. Marker is in Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, Minnesota, in Becker County. Marker is on County Route 143, 0.7 miles west of Egg Lake Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Detroit Lakes MN 56501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Indian Trail (approx. 6.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. The marker is located near Egg Lake, in the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. (Submitted on June 25, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

2. Congress passes the Act of 1889. (Submitted on June 25, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 25, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,415 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 25, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.

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Jun. 30, 2022