Near Springfield in Brown County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Jonathan Brown and the Shetek Trail
Jonathan picked a good site for farming. The land on the south side of the river was flat ground above the flood plain. His land was protected on both sides from prairie fires and the large trees in the river bottom made excellent building timber and firewood.
Jonathan Brown built a cabin which became a way stop for travelers on the New Ulm to Sioux Falls mail route, also called the Shetek Trail. The route ran just south of his cabin. People traveling to Shetek, Pipestone, the Great Oasis, or Sioux Falls could stop and rest.
Jonathan, his father Joseph, and his sister Oratia were killed in August 1862 while trying to escape to New Ulm. Their graves are in the Springfield City Cemetery west of this location.
This sign was erected in 2012 in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the US - Dakota War of 1862. It was supported by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Legacy Program, in cooperation with the Springfield Historical Society, Sleepy Eye Historical Society, Brown County Historical Society, and the Township of Burnstown.
Location. 44° 13.914′ N, 94° 55.579′ W. Marker is near Springfield, Minnesota, in Brown County. Marker is at the intersection of County Road 24 and 370th Avenue, on the left when traveling east on County Road 24. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Springfield MN 56087, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.5 miles away); Springfield, Minnesota (approx. 2.2 miles away); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.5 miles away); The Attack on the Brown Family (approx. 5.1 miles away); Cobden (approx. 5.4 miles away); Leavenworth (approx. 6.1 miles away); Jackson Crossing (approx. 6.4 miles away); Dakota Reservation and the Leavenworth Road (approx. 9.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
More about this marker. From here, the Joseph Brown family fled eastward along the Shetek Trail seeking safety in New Ulm upon hearing news of Dakota Indian unrest. Five miles from their home, they were overtaken
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