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Near Willmar in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Whitefield Town Site

 
 
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By K. Linzmeier, August 27, 2014
1. Whitefield Town Site Marker
Inscription. In the fall of 1856, a party of land speculators, organized by Edwin Whitefield, projected a town site on the west shore of Lake Wakanda. As a real estate agent and artist, Whitefield did much to impress the merits of the Minnesota frontier upon prospective settlers in the East. Whitefield, born in England, made his way across the United States painting towns and selling the prints of the frontier. Whitefield, David Charlton and C. L. Anderson selected the location of the Whitefield town site in Sections I and II of the present Whitefield Township. The plat of this town site was never recorded. The only marker left by the town site promoters was the word "Whitefield" cut into the bark of a tree on the site of the town site. Whitefield gave names to several of the lakes in what is now Kandiyohi County. Lake Lillian is named for his wife. His pencil sketches and water colors of the areas he visited are nationally known.

This project has been financed in part with funds provided by
the State of Minnesota through the Minnesota Historical Society from the Arts and
Cultural Heritage Fund and the Kandiyohi County Historical Society.

 
Erected by the Kandiyohi County Historical Society, with funds from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the
Whitefield Town Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, August 27, 2014
2. Whitefield Town Site Marker
vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. Administered by the Minnesota Historical Society.
 
Location. 45° 4.006′ N, 95° 2.397′ W. Marker is near Willmar, Minnesota, in Kandiyohi County. Marker is on 60th Avenue Southeast 0.1 miles east of U.S. 71, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Willmar MN 56201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kandiyohi County Indian History (approx. 3.7 miles away); "Kandiyohi" (approx. 3.7 miles away); Great Northern Railway Engine No. 2523 (approx. 4.2 miles away); Geology of the Willmar Region (approx. 4.2 miles away); Veterans War Memorial (approx. 4.2 miles away); Robbins Island (approx. 4.4 miles away); C.C.C. Worker (approx. 4.7 miles away); Veteran's Memorial (approx. 4.8 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.
 
Also see . . .
1. Edwin Whitefield. Minnesota Historical Society. (Submitted on December 2, 2014.) 

2. Mirror of History. Willmar history. (Submitted on December 2, 2014.) 

3. Edwin Whitefield Settlers' Artist. Minnesota
Whitefield Town Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, August 27, 2014
3. Whitefield Town Site Marker
Historical Society. (Submitted on December 2, 2014.) 

4. The Winterthur Library. Edwin Whitefield Collection. (Submitted on December 2, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 2, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 265 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 2, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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