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

Browns Valley Man

Browns Valley Man Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 26, 2008
1. Browns Valley Man Marker
Inscription.  On October 9, 1933, William H. Jensen, an amateur archaeologist, uncovered the badly broken skeleton of a man in a gravel pit on the plateau visible about ½ mile south of this marker. The plateau was formed as an island in the ancient River Warren, an outlet of Glacial Lake Agassiz.

From flint spear points of the parallel-flaked type found in the grave and from the surrounding geological evidence, University of Minnesota archaeologists estimated that the burial dated to about 6000 B.C.

The skull of Browns Valley Man, reconstructed and measured at the university was that of an adult male between 25 and 40 years of age who possessed many of the physical characteristics of the North American Indian. No additional traces of his culture have been discovered in the immediate vicinity.

The skeleton disappeared some time after it was returned to Jensen, deepening the mystery surrounding the Browns Valley Man. It was rediscovered by the Jensen family in 1987. The radiocarbon dating method has now dated the skeleton to 9,000 years ago. This makes the skeleton one of the earliest ever found, to date, in the New World.
Browns Valley Man marker image. Click for full size.
By McGhiever, September 21, 2013
2. Browns Valley Man marker
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1992 by Minnesota Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyNative Americans. In addition, it is included in the Minnesota Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1689.
Location. 45° 35.915′ N, 96° 50.918′ W. Marker is in Brown Valley, Minnesota, in Traverse County. Marker is on State Highway 28, 0.1 miles west of State Highway 27, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Beardsley MN 56211, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Samuel Jerome Brown (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sam Brown Log House (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Continental Divide (approx. 5˝ miles away in South Dakota); Scandia (approx. 12 miles away in South Dakota); Whetstone Valley Rest Area (approx. 15.8 miles away in South Dakota).
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 28, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,079 times since then and 102 times this year. Last updated on April 17, 2016, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. Photos:   1. submitted on December 28, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   2. submitted on April 17, 2016, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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