Near Shevlin in Clearwater County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Itasca State Park Centennial
1891 - 1991
More than a half century passed before surveyor Jacob V. Brower, known today as the "father of Itasca," began his efforts to establish the area as a state park. At a time when most of Minnesota was not yet homesteaded and logging was the state's major industry, Brower struggled against tremendous odds and opposition to preserve this special place for future generations. Finally, in 1891, the legislature passed by one vote an act establishing 20,000 acres around Lake Itasca as Minnesota's first state park. Brower was named the first park commissioner, a position from which he staunchly fought poachers, politicians, and lumbermen. While he only partially succeeded in stopping logging before his death in 1905, he predicted that Itasca "will become easily accessible and of great value as a public resort," a remarkably accurate vision.
On the centennial of this park, 32,000 acres
Erected 1991 by Minnesota Historical Society and Minnesota State Parks.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
Location. 47° 14.406′ N, 95° 12.683′ W. Marker is near Shevlin, Minnesota, in Clearwater County. Marker can be reached from County Road 117 0.3 miles south of County Road 122. Touch for map. Marker is located near the entrance to the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center located at the north end of Itasca State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Shevlin MN 56676, United States of America.
Also see . . . Itasca State Park. Official state website of Itasca State Park. (Submitted on January 25, 2014.)
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