Near St. Peter in Nicollet County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
In 1994 the Minnesota Historical Society conducted a survey to map and excavate the archaeological resources of Traverse des Sioux. Most of the material found came from the site of the short-lived town that settlers built in the mid-1800s. Broken glass, strips of cut metal, ceramics, and pipe fragments were among the 10,000 pieces unearthed.
What Was Found Here
The oldest object uncovered here is a large spear point about 9,000 years old — almost as old as the Minnesota River valley itself. Made from a kind of sandstone found only in central Wisconsin, points like this one were used in hunting now-extinct large animals, such as mastodons and giant beavers. This type of point, unique to the central region of the North American continent, has been found at archaeological sites from Minnesota to Texas.
Traverse des Sioux
Erected by the Minnesota Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is along an interpretive trail that is adjacent to the Nicollet County Historical Society Treaty Site History Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1851 North Minnesota Avenue, Saint Peter MN 56082, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ministering to the Dakota (within shouting distance of this marker); Ecakensdonyapi (within shouting distance of this marker); "Only a Memory Now" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Land-Seas (about 300 feet away); The Rush for Land (about 400 feet away); Welcome to Traverse des Sioux (about 400 feet away); A Minority in Their Homeland (about 600 feet away); Traverse des Sioux (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Peter.
More about this marker. caption: Surveying at Traverse des Sioux, 1994
Also see . . .
1. Traverse des Sioux. History. Minnesota Historical Society. "For thousands of years, Traverse des Sioux was a crossroads and meeting place.... The town of Traverse des Sioux soon grew up around the site with more than 70 buildings, including five taverns, two hotels and several churches. In 1856, however, nearby St. Peter was chosen as the county seat and by the late 1860s, nothing was left of the once-booming town of Traverse des Sioux." (Submitted on October 21, 2014.)
2. Nicollet County Historical Society. Traverse des Sioux. The Dakota Indians called this place Oiyuwege, meaning "the place of crossing." French explorers called it Traverse des Sioux, or "crossing place of the Sioux." (Submitted on October 21, 2014.)
3. Traverse des Sioux. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on October 21, 2014.)
4. Hixton Silicified Sandstone. (Submitted on October 21, 2014.)
5. Common Projectile Points of the Upper Mississippi River Valley. (Submitted on October 21, 2014.)
6. Paleo Indians - Wisconsinís First People. (Submitted on October 21, 2014.)
7. Wisconsin Stories - We're Rockin'. (Submitted on October 21, 2014.)
Categories. • Anthropology • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 21, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 274 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 21, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.