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Mankato in Blue Earth County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Lincoln Park

 
 
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Inscription. The desire to honor the memory of Mankato's Civil War dead prompted a citizens' committee headed by John Ray to purchase the triangular parcel of land in the Warren's Addition, bordered by Broad, Lincoln and Grove streets, and dominated by a massive elm tree. On September 1, 1886, Trustees to Lincoln Park turned over the deed to the City of Mankato. In the mid-1880s, the Alexander Wilkin Post of the Grand Army of the Republic erected a bronze monument of a Civil War soldier standing on guard at the center of a stone basin. Together, they formed a fountain. The soldiers' monument was referred to as The Boy in Blue. It was dedicated in 1893, a year after Mankato author, Maud Hart Lovelace was born. Thirty years had passed since the Civil War had torn the nation apart. Mankato's efforts to memorialize its fallen heroes was part of a national trend to build monuments and hold commemorative encampments on Civil War battlefields. A 3,000 pound mortar-gun completed the veterans' memorial.
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A notable incident occurred on July 4, 1909, when seven boys set off the old cannon as a prank. The recoil of the blast shattered windows throughout the neighborhood; the gun was lifted and deposited on the grass 17 feet from its original position. No injuries were
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reported, but the boys spent the summer working to repay damages. Today, no traces of the soldiers' memorial remains. A windstorm toppled the statue and destroyed it. The cannon was sold to a junk dealer, and even the stone basin was eventually removed.

The park's most notable living memorial, the Lincoln Elm was designated as Mankato's official symbol in 1976, the year of America's Bicentennial celebration. Despite efforts to prolong its life, the stately old tree succumbed to Dutch Elm Disease. When it was cut down in 1980, tree ring dating revealed it to be 315 years old.

The park remains the focal point of the Lincoln Park neighborhood, just as it did during Lovelace's childhood. In several of her Betsy-Tacy stories, Maud referred to Lincoln Park as "the end of the neighborhood." To go beyond it was a rite of passage for her and her friends, Frances Kenney (Tacy) and Marjorie Gerlach (Tib).

Erected by City of Mankato
Researched by Bryce O. Stenzel, MA
2005

 
Erected 2005 by the City of Mankato.
 
Location. 44° 9.563′ N, 94° 0.382′ W. Marker is in Mankato, Minnesota, in Blue Earth County. Marker is on South Broad Street north of Lincoln Street, on the right when traveling
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north. Touch for map. Marker is in Lincoln Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 Lincoln Street, Mankato MN 56001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Hubbard House (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Lorin & Lulu Cray Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sinclair Lewis House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ho-Chunk / Winnebago (approx. half a mile away); Highland Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); Dakota (Sioux) Memorial – 1862 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Washington Park / Fourth Street Route Depot Grounds (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mankato.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lincoln Park cannon, Mankato, Minnesota. Blue Earth County Historical Society; a photo of the cannon. (Submitted on July 12, 2013.) 

2. The Betsy-Tacy Society. (Submitted on July 12, 2013.)
3. Boy in Blue Memorial Project. Project to rebuild the memorial. (Submitted on July 12, 2013.) 
 
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background Monument Rebuilding Project
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 12, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 481 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 12, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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