Lake Crystal in Blue Earth County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Lake Crystal and the Railroad
The decision of the railroad late in 1868 to locate its Sioux City line from Mankato past Crystal Lake led directly to the founding of the town itself. By May of 1869 railroad surveyors were engaged in planning the townsite, which embraced 40 acres of the William R. Robinson farm, about 60 acres of the L.O. Hunt farm, and some lands owned by the railroad company. When the tracks reached it in December, the town boasted about 40 buildings, including a large hotel, a two-story schoolhouse, 3 general stores, a hardware and tin shop, 4 or 5 saloons, a barrel factory, and several "very pretty residences." General Judson W. Bishop of St. Paul, the engineer of the railroad survey, gave the town its name – Lake Crystal.
Approaching the village along the west shore of Crystal Lake, the first locomotive traveled southwestward through Marston Park to a depot area near the corner of Main and Humphrey streets. In 1905 the depot was moved from the heart of the business district to the southeast shore of Lily Lake where the railroad trackage had been relocated.
Erected 1982 by the Lake Crystal Area Historical Society.
Location. 44° 6.462′ N, 94° 13.087′ W. Marker is in Lake Crystal, Minnesota, in Blue Earth County. Marker is on East Robinson Street east of North Main Street (County Highway 76), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at the Lake Crystal City Hall / Public Library. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 East Robinson Street, Lake Crystal MN 56055, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The First Mahkato Memorial Wacipi (approx. 9.6 miles away); Ott Cabin (approx. 9.8 miles away); Geology of Minnesota (approx. 9.8 miles away); Sibley Park (approx. 9.9 miles away); Sibley Park World War I (approx. 10 miles away); Nicollet Veterans Memorial (approx. 11.6 miles away); The Evacuation of New Ulm (approx. 12.1 miles away); Courtland (approx. 12.7 miles away).
Also see . . . Lake Crystal, Minnesota. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on August 6, 2013.)
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers •
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