Near Blue Earth in Faribault County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
A Golden Dedication for I-90
Celebrants, including national and state officials, contractors, Miss America and area residents, gathered in the area now occupied by the Blue Earth Rest Areas. Many attendees received pens with the inscription "I-90 Golden Spike Dedication, Sept. 23, 1978". The celebration included a flyover by Minnesota Air National Guard jets and the debut of a 56-foot tall replica of the Jolly Green Giant which has overlooked the City of Blue Earth ever since. After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, attended by 2,500 people,
Planning for the $256 million project began in 1958. Stretching from Boston to Seattle, I-90 is the nation's longest and the northernmost east-to-west, coast-to-coast interstate. At 70 mph it would take a motorist 44 hours to travel its length.
Like the other interstate highways, I-90 lived up to expectations by providing faster and safer travel. The Interstates brought other changes, both positive and negative. Some communities experienced economic growth while others suffered as business moved away from older highways. I-90's impact in southern Minnesota continues to shape the region.
Erected by the City of Blue Earth and Faribault County.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles.
Location. 43° 39.546′ N, 94° 6.735′ W. Marker is near Blue Earth, Minnesota, in Faribault County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 90 at milepost 118, 0.6 miles west of U.S. 169, on the right when traveling east. The marker is at the rest area along eastbound Interstate 90. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Blue Earth MN 56013, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Exploring Southwestern Minnesota (within shouting distance Minnesota Agriculture (approx. 0.4 miles away).
Regarding A Golden Dedication for I-90. There was no apparent remnant of the gold-colored portion of I-90.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 14, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 5,303 times since then and 353 times this year. Last updated on September 11, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 14, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.