Near Owatonna in Steele County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Minnesota State Schools
The schools are similar in both style and plan to buildings found at Minnesota state hospitals and correctional facilities. A typical complex included separate buildings for administration, classrooms, gymnasium, a hospital dormitories, and service facilities such as a power plant, a laundry, and farm buildings. The farms allowed the schools to be partially self-sufficient. The schools were established by law to provide the students with activities and training, while protecting them from the "slights and rebuffs" of the outside world.
The first clinical psychologist to be employed in a mental retardation institute in the United
Several of the school buildings in Fairbault and Owatonna are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The school complex at Owatonna continues to serve the public. The buildings are used by the city, providing space for administrative offices, an art center, a museum interpreting the state school, and other uses.
Erected 1997 by the Minnesota Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
Location. 43° 59.242′ N, 93° 15.154′ W. Marker is near Owatonna, Minnesota, in Steele County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 35 at milepost 35, 2.2 miles north of 93rd Street Southwest (County Highway 4), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at the north bound Straight River Rest Area. Marker is in this post office area: Owatonna MN 55060, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. National Farmer's Bank of Owatonna (approx. 6.9 miles away); Rock Island Railway Station 1901 (approx. 7 miles away); Medford's Last Carriage Stone (approx. 12.9 miles away).
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