Mankato in Blue Earth County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
On October 3, 1887 the City of Mankato purchased 120 acres for $13,088 at the confluence of the Blue Earth and Minnesota Rivers to create Mankato’s first park. Sibley Park was named for Henry Hastings Sibley (later Minnesota’s first Governor) who as early as 1840 had camped on the mound and later had a fur trading post northwest of the mound. Today Ott’s cabin stands at this site. It was built in 1857 by George Ott and moved to this site in 1931.
The land has great historical significance. In 1852 Parsons King Johnson and Henry Jackson, early settlers of Blue Earth County, spent their first night on the mound and considered the land for a townsite. They decided against it due to high water marks on the trees that showed evidence of flooding, which proved later to be a problem. It was also near the site of Camp Lincoln, where 300 condemned Dakota men were imprisoned after the Dakota Conflict of 1862.
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By December 1887, the city added land to the park by purchasing the nearby Southern Minnesota Stock and Fairgrounds, which included an oval horse and bicycle racetrack, grandstand and judging stand. By 1907, Sibley Park added a bear cage, and a small-scale zoo was established. More land was added in 1920 along with bison
Today Sibley Park offers many wonderful amenities to visitors including a petting zoo, ball diamonds, band shell, picnic areas and beautiful gardens. It still remains one of the most beautiful parks in the area.
Erected 2006 by the Blue Earth County Historical Society.
Location. 44° 9.655′ N, 94° 1.973′ W. Marker is in Mankato, Minnesota, in Blue Earth County. Marker can be reached from Mound Avenue west of Spence Street. Touch for map. Marker is in Sibley Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 900 Mound Avenue, Mankato MN 56001, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sibley Park World War I (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ott Cabin (approx. 0.2 miles away); Geology of Minnesota The First Mahkato Memorial Wacipi (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ho-Chunk / Winnebago (approx. 1.2 miles away); Lincoln Park (approx. 1.3 miles away); Civil War Monument (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Lorin & Lulu Cray Home (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mankato.
Also see . . .
1. City of Mankato, Minnesota. Sibley Park. "View a video of the the farm and playground, a one-of-a-kind Mankato destination." (Submitted on July 5, 2013.)
2. Sibley Park. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on July 5, 2013.)
Categories. • Man-Made Features • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 5, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 469 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 5, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.