Near Lanesboro in Fillmore County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Minnesota's Norwegian Americans
As these farming settlements grew, newcomers moved on to the prairies of central and western Minnesota. When the railroad reached Moorhead in 1872, Norwegian immigrants poured into the Red River Valley. The earliest and most numerous group of European settlers in the valley, they quickly became leaders of business and local affairs. Norwegian immigrants in the 1880s and 1890s found other employment as good farmland became scarce. Some pioneered commercial fishing on the
To serve their growing numbers around the state, Norwegians formed their own institutions -- schools, fraternal societies like the Sons of Norway, political organizations, businesses -- that fostered the development of a Norwegian-American culture. Novelists like O. E. Rolvaag and Martha Ostenso wrote about Norwegian-American experiences. With an active Norwegian-American press as their forum, Norwegian-Americans rose to prominence in Minnesota politics, religion, and higher education.
Immigration quotas, the Great Depression, and World War II slowed the flow of new immigrants to the state. Yet Norwegian-American culture thrives in Minnesota today, supported by such organizations and the Norwegian-American Historical Association in Northfield, thanks to an enduring interest in their heritage by Minnesota's Norwegian-Americans.
Erected 1997 by Minnesota Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
Location. 43° 41.666′ N, 91° 59.921′ W. Marker is near Lanesboro, Minnesota, in Fillmore County. Marker is on State Highway Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lanesboro MN 55949, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Regarding Minnesota's Norwegian Americans. The marker is aptly located, as this area of Southeastern Minnesota is widely populated by the descendants of Norwegian immigrants.
Side Note: Since the late 1970's/early 1980's this area has also hosted a thriving Amish community that, along with the Root River cycling trail, is a very popular tourist attraction.
Also see . . . Description of Inspiration Point Wayside Rest. (Submitted on June 3, 2010, by Martha Decker of Shakopee, Minnesota.)
1. Historic Inspiration Point Wayside Park
The historic Inspiration Point Roadside Parking Area was built in 1934 during the Great Depression, most likely by unemployed workers who were hired locally by the City of Lanesboro or Fillmore County and paid with either SERA or FERA funds.
The site has many of the features typically found in Minnesota's Depression era waysides, including picnic tables and walls constructed out of local stone.
— Submitted May 31, 2010, by Martha Decker of Shakopee, Minnesota.
Additional keywords. Lanesboro Old US 16 Amish Bluff Country
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