Breckenridge in Wilkin County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Named for John C. Breckenridge, vice-president of the United States from 1857 to 1861, the town was laid out in 1857. On August 23, 1862, its citizens were warned that the Sioux Indians were planning a raid on the town, and most of them fled to Fort Abercrombie. Scoffing at the warning, three men - Edward Russell, Charles Battle, and Martin Fehrenbach - stayed behind and were killed by the Indians. After the Sioux Uprising, Breckenridge remained a virtual ghost town until 1871 when the St. Paul and Pacific Railroad reached here and ushered in a period of booming growth.
Location. 46° 16.222′ N, 96° 35.232′ W. Marker is in Breckenridge, Minnesota, in Wilkin County. Marker is on U.S. 75 one mile from State Route 210, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in a wayside park. Marker is in this post office area: Breckenridge MN 56520, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. AH-1 Cobra attack Helicopter (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line).
Categories. • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 5, 2017, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 195 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 5, 2017, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.