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New Ulm in Brown County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Gänseviertel (Goosetown)

 
 
Gänseviertel (Goosetown) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Haag, August 14, 2012
1. Gänseviertel (Goosetown) Marker
Inscription. Goosetown began forming around the flour mills, brewery, and railroad tracks circa 1870. Settlers were largely German-Bohemian Catholics of peasant stock who farmed and worked in nearby industries. Inhabitants kept geese which were free to roam, thus the name "Goosetown." Two room houses were common. Cottage industries including gathering clam shells for buttons from the river, and handmaking Klöppel lace developed. Water was secured from a spring-house near the corner of 8th South and Front Streets. Indoor plumbing, sewer, curbs and gutters, and paved streets arrived in the 1930s. Fezz Fritsche's nationally known old-time Goosetown Band got it's start here in the 1940s. Today only a few of the early structures survive, but the close knit neighborhood lives on.
 
Erected 2006 by Junior Pioneers of New Ulm and Vicinity; German-Bohemian Heritage Society; New Ulm Area Foundation; and Brown County Historical Society.
 
Location. 44° 18.839′ N, 94° 27.094′ W. Marker is in New Ulm, Minnesota, in Brown County. Marker is at the intersection of South Front Street and 2nd South Street, on the right when traveling north on South Front Street. Touch for map. Located in Riverside Park. Marker is in this post office area: New Ulm MN 56073, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Gänseviertel (Goosetown) Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 20, 2013
2. Gänseviertel (Goosetown) Marker
east side of marker with duplicate text
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Upper Minnesota River Transportation (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Flandrau's Charge (approx. 0.3 miles away); City Meat Market (approx. 0.4 miles away); Brown County Bank (approx. 0.4 miles away); Boesch, Hummel, and Maltzahn Block (approx. 0.4 miles away); German–Bohemian Immigrants Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Erd Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); U.S. - Dakota War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Ulm.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Gänseviertel (Goosetown) Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 20, 2013
3. Gänseviertel (Goosetown) Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 14, 2012, by Tim Haag of New Ulm, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 354 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 14, 2012, by Tim Haag of New Ulm, Minnesota.   2, 3. submitted on June 28, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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