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Brooklyn Center in Hennepin County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Earle Brown and the Brooklyn Farm

 
 
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By K. Linzmeier, October 24, 2013
1. Earle Brown and the Brooklyn Farm Marker
Inscription. Although this site is known today as the Earl Brown farm, it originally belonged to Captain John Martin, who was involved in steamboating, lumbering, banking, flour milling and railroading. In the mid-1880s, he purchased 420 acres of rich Hennepin County farmland. Martin sold the farm to his grandson, Earle Brown in 1901. Brown gradually increased the size of the farm to about 750 acres.

Aspiring to be a gentlemen farmer, Brown initially used the land to breed award-winning Belgian Horses. But the farm was destined to become famous for activities unrelated to agriculture. In 1911, the village of Brooklyn Center was formed at a meeting held at the Brown farm. As the nation became interested in aviation during World War I, Brown offered his farm and its buildings as a training field for U.S. military aviators. Though this offer was declined, the Brown farm did become the first commercial flying field in Minnesota in the summer of 1918, when hangars were erected and pilots began using the site as a training facility and airport. Although planes had previously landed on Minnesota lakes and at the Parade (grounds) near Dunwoody Institute, no formal air fields had been constructed. In 1920 Brown was elected Hennepin County sheriff, a position he held twice, from 1920-1929 and then from 1943-1947. In 1929 he organized the Minnesota
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2. Earle Brown and the Brooklyn Farm Marker
Highway Patrol, which used the farm as a training facility. In 1932 he unsuccessfully ran for state governor, and lost to Floyd Olson. Brown lived on the Brooklyn Farm until his death in 1963, raising horses and collecting carriages.

In 1949, Brown willed the farm to the University of Minnesota, hoping that it would become the University's Agricultural Extension Center upon his death. After Brown died, however, the University sold the land and used the income to build the Earle Brown Continuing Education Center of the St. Paul Campus.

In 1985 the City of Brooklyn Center acquired the buildings and property of the original homestead. Preserved for the people of Minnesota, it is a tangible link to the agricultural heritage of what is now an urban area. It is also a memorial to an important figure in Minnesota history.

The Great Seal of the Sate of Minnesota 1858.
Erected by the Minnesota Historical Society
1998

 
Erected 1998 by the Minnesota Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 45° 4.032′ N, 93° 18.174′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, in Hennepin County. Marker
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By K. Linzmeier, October 24, 2013
3. Earle Brown Heritage Center
The marker can be seen in the distance.
can be reached from Earle Brown Drive 0.3 miles east of Summit Drive North, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at the Earle Brown Heritage Center, left of the main office/stable entrance. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6155 Earle Brown Drive, Minneapolis MN 55430, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. How the Dam Works (approx. 5.2 miles away); Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park (approx. 5.5 miles away); The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes (approx. 6 miles away); Nicollet Island Businesses (approx. 6 miles away); Richard Chute Square (approx. 6 miles away); Joseph N. Nicollet (approx. 6 miles away); Bridging the Stream (approx. 6 miles away); The Ard Godfrey House (approx. 6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Earle Brown Heritage Center. History. (Submitted on November 3, 2013.) 
 
Categories. AgricultureAir & SpaceEducationSettlements & Settlers
 
Earle Brown Heritage Center image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, October 24, 2013
4. Earle Brown Heritage Center
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By K. Linzmeier, October 24, 2013
5. Earle Brown Heritage Center Sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 3, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 487 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 3, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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