Hastings in Dakota County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Geology of the Dakota County Region
About 16,000 years ago another lobe of ice, the Des Moines lobe, advanced from the northwest through central Minnesota and eventually extended as far south as Des Moines, Iowa. Locally, meltwater from its eastern margin drained eastward and carved a river valley to the Mississippi River at the present site of Hastings. The modern Vermillion River is but a shrunken remnant of that stream.
Ice blocks buried within the St. Croix moraine
Erected by the Geological Society of Minnesota in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota Geological Survey 1998
Erected 1998 by the Geological Society of Minnesota in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota Geological Survey.
Location. 44° 44.148′ N, 92° 51.474′ W. Marker is in Hastings, Minnesota, in Dakota County. Marker can be reached from 11th Street West near Forest Street. Touch for map. Marker is in Roadside Park (along Minnesota Highway 55, ¼ mile west of U.S. Highway 61). Marker is at or near this postal address: 510 11th Street West, Hastings MN 55033, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Roadside Park Veterans Memorial (within shouting Going with the Flow (approx. 0.7 miles away); Hastings Spiral Bridge (approx. 0.7 miles away); Downtown Develops (approx. ¾ mile away); American Legion Veterans Memorial (approx. ¾ mile away); Spiral Bridge (approx. ¾ mile away); Mississippi (approx. 0.8 miles away); Veterans Memorial Levee (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hastings.
Also see . . . Geology of Minnesota. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on May 7, 2011.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 7, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 581 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 7, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.