Willmar in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Kandiyohi County Indian History
The first native Americans came to what is now Kandiyohi County about 10,000 years ago, to hunt mammoths and other huge prehistoric animals.
As the environment changed over the years, so did the Indians. They became less dependent on big-game hunting and more dependent on smaller animals and wild plant foods. The first settlers came in 1856 and found the Dakota (Sioux) in summer residence, fishing and gathering berries.
Peace ended between the settlers and Indians in August, 1862, when the Dakota Uprising spilled over into this county. Thirteen settlers and an undetermined number of Indians were killed.
Indian heritage remains here today in place names. One is Kandiyohi, the Dakota word for "where the buffalo fish come."
Erected 1985 by the Kandiyohi County Historical Society; the Rotary Club of Willmar.
Location. 45° 7.198′ N, 95° 2.962′ W. Marker is in Willmar, Minnesota, in Kandiyohi County. Marker is at the intersection of 5th Street Southwest and Becker Avenue Southwest, on the right when traveling south on 5th Street Southwest. Touch for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "Kandiyohi" (here, next to this marker); Geology of the Willmar Region (approx. half a mile away); Veterans War Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Great Northern Railway Engine No. 2523 (approx. 0.8 miles away); Robbins Island (approx. one mile away); C.C.C. Worker (approx. 1.4 miles away); Veteran's Memorial (approx. 1½ miles away); Haugen Homestead (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Willmar.
More about this marker. The marker has the Historic Site seal of the Kandiyohi County Historical Society · 1895.
Additional keywords. U.S.-Dakota War of 1862
Categories. • Native Americans • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 14, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 338 times since then and 87 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 14, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.