Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Nisswa in Crow Wing County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Nisswa

 
 
Nisswa Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 17, 2012
1. Nisswa Marker
Inscription.  
This plaque dedicated
to the founding pioneer families,
and their contribution
to the town of Smiley/Nisswa,
on the occasion of its
Centennial Celebration.
Settled in 1886.
Became Village of Smiley in 1898.
Organized as township in 1900.
Became Nisswa in 1908.

August 6, 1986

 
Erected 1986.
 
Location. 46° 31.337′ N, 94° 17.4′ W. Marker is in Nisswa, Minnesota, in Crow Wing County. Marker is on Lower Cullen Road north of Park Street (City Hall Street), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located in front of the railroad caboose exhibit, directly across the street from the Nisswa Area Historical Society and Paul Bunyan State Trail parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 25605 Lower Cullen Road, Nisswa MN 56468, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Present Location of the Lake Hubert Depot (approx. 2.1 miles away); Lake Hubert Depot (approx. 2.1 miles away); Carnegie Library
Nisswa Marker (<i>wide view; marker visible in front of caboose exhibit</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 17, 2012
2. Nisswa Marker (wide view; marker visible in front of caboose exhibit)
(approx. 12.1 miles away); Former Northern Pacific Railway Water Tower (approx. 12.2 miles away); First N. P. Depot (approx. 12.2 miles away); All Veterans Memorial (approx. 12.3 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Nisswa History. Nisswa has been called “The city almost never was.” The original plan of Brainerd and Northern Minnesota Railway, the company that built the logging railroad north of Brainerd, was to run the track from Hubert Station west to Lake Margret and the Village of Lake Shore. Track was laid to Lake Shore and a 673 foot trestle was constructed over the Gull Lake Narrows near what is now Causeway On Gull. Once there, however, they found the route too expensive to complete. In 1894 the decision was made to tear up the track from Hubert to Lake Shore and build north to Walker through what became Nisswa. In 1898 Ernest Smiley established a Post Office and railroad stop at his homestead located on what is now Poplar Avenue just off Nisswa’s main street north of the city center. The stop was called “Smiley” and so the original name of Nisswa and Nisswa Township was Smiley. (Submitted on March 31, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Nisswa, Minnesota (Wikipedia).
Old Nisswa Railroad Depot (<i>located just south of marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 17, 2012
3. Old Nisswa Railroad Depot (located just south of marker)
Smiley Township was founded in 1900, but local resident Leon Lum convinced residents to rename it Nisswa, from the Ojibwe word "nessawae" (which means "in the middle" or "three”) when the town was incorporated as a village in 1908. Nisswa became a municipality on December 4, 1946. (Submitted on March 31, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Political Subdivisions
 
More. Search the internet for Nisswa.
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 31, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 31, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 68 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 31, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Paid Advertisement We are suspending Amazon.com advertising until they remove an ad for a certain book from circulation. A word in the book’s title has given rise to number of complaints. The word is inappropriate in school classroom settings.