Here you stand at 4th & Main
With trade established here and the well used 240 mile Red River Oxcart Trail crossing the Crow Wing River just above this spot, it seemed like a good gamble. Gus called his town Wadena. His brother Nat drew the survey. Wadena was registered in St. Cloud as the county seat.
But the financial panic of 1857 suddenly made settlers cash poor, and the Indian War worsened relations between native tribes and whites. The Civil War drew men away. Worst of all, the promised railroad was laid four miles south.
Gus's post office, store and boarding house near 4th & Main lasted a few short years. All that is left is a faded town plot and the cut to the old rope ferry.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1857.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. "A Cloud of Barbed Arrows" (approx. 0.4 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 19, 2016, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 219 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 19, 2016, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.