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Bloomington in Hennepin County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Changing Landscapes

 
 
Changing Landscapes marker image. Click for full size.
By McGhiever, May 7, 2016
1. Changing Landscapes marker
Inscription. You are entering a river bluff environment that has been greatly altered over the last two centuries. The bluff top area was formerly oak savannah with prairie and woodland elements. Natural springs and shallow flood plain lakes in the river bottoms supported wildlife and vegetation that were important to the survival of the native people.

How It Happened
Prior to the arrival of Gideon and Samuel Pond in 1843, Native Americans subsisted off the land by hunting, gathering, and also farming on a limited scale. The area was more extensively modified by the four generations of the Pond and St. Martin families who farmed, planted orchards and raised livestock on several hundred acres between modern-day Lyndale and Cedar Avenues. When the Ponds first came here, they saw open vistas of the river valley surrounded by prairie and dotted by stands of burr oak and cottonwood. Deep furrow plowing and grazing quickly changed the face of the land. The wooded areas found on the site today are a result of a halt in agricultural production in the 1960s and the continuing stewardship of the valley by the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and the City of Bloomington.
 
Erected by City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation.
 
Location. 44° 
Changing Landscapes marker in front of Gideon Pond House image. Click for full size.
By McGhiever, May 7, 2016
2. Changing Landscapes marker in front of Gideon Pond House
48.804′ N, 93° 16.301′ W. Marker is in Bloomington, Minnesota, in Hennepin County. Marker can be reached from 104th St E. Touch for map. In Pond-Dakota Mission Park on footpath just west of Gideon Pond House. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 104th St E, Minneapolis MN 55420, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Samuel W. and Gideon H. Pond (within shouting distance of this marker); Gideon and Agnes Pond House (within shouting distance of this marker); 1856 Federal Style Gideon H. Pond House (within shouting distance of this marker); Pond Family Heritage Timeline (within shouting distance of this marker); Missionaries to the Dakota (within shouting distance of this marker); Dakota Missions on the Frontier (within shouting distance of this marker); Oak Grove Mission (within shouting distance of this marker); Dakota Life (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bloomington.
 
Categories. AgricultureEnvironmentNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 18, 2018, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 61 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 18, 2018, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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