Willmar in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Swan Swanson and family took refuge here from the Dakota (or Sioux) Indians during the Uprising on August 21, 1862.
Before becoming part of the Willmar park system in 1934 the island was owned by J.S. Robbins, pioneer business family of Willmar, from who it received its name.
Erected 1981 by the Rotary Club of Willmar; the Kandiyohi County Historical Society.
Location. 45° 7.859′ N, 95° 2.079′ W. Marker is in Willmar, Minnesota, in Kandiyohi County. Marker can be reached from Business U.S. 71 near 10th Street Northeast, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in Robbins Island Park. Marker is in this post office area: Willmar MN 56201, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Great Northern Railway Engine No. 2523 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Veterans War Memorial Veteran's Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); C.C.C. Worker (approx. 0.4 miles away); Geology of the Willmar Region (approx. 0.6 miles away); Kandiyohi County Indian History (approx. one mile away); "Kandiyohi" (approx. one mile 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.
Regarding Robbins Island. Around 1900, Robbins Island, a peninsula between Foot Lake and Willmar Lake, was the site of an "isolation house" for those with contagious diseases.
Categories. • Native Americans • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 4, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 276 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 4, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.