“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Dakota County Minnesota Historical Markers

Veterans Memorial Plaque and Podium image, Touch for more information
By K. Linzmeier, May 7, 2014
Veterans Memorial Plaque and Podium
Minnesota (Dakota County), Hastings — American Legion Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to Those Who Have Made the Ultimate Sacrifice for Their Country World War I United States Army Pvt Lucking George J Pvt Nelson William G E 1Lt Russell Thomas Lyle World War II United States . . . — Map (db m78480) WM
Minnesota (Dakota County), Hastings — Downtown Develops
As Hastings quickly grew and settlement in the area increased, this port city soon became the commercial center for Dakota County farmers. Farmers brought wagons full of crops to the Hastings market, and then returned home driving wagons full . . . — Map (db m47843) HM
Minnesota (Dakota County), Hastings — Early Hastings
This sculpture should not be viewed with realism, but as the artist’s expression of some of the images that helped form the community. The wagon wheel represents commerce and the progress of life. It is placed in your line of sight so you look . . . — Map (db m137312) HM
Minnesota (Dakota County), Hastings — Enjoying the River
The Mississippi River has been a source of recreation for many generations. People have long enjoyed its beauty and marveled at its power. This is more true than ever today. Boating, hiking, and bird watching all draw people to the river. In . . . — Map (db m48510) HM
Minnesota (Dakota County), Hastings — Geology of the Dakota County Region
Hasting lies just south and East of the last glaciation. About 20,000 years ago a lobe of ice, called the Superior lobe, advanced from the Lake Superior basin and crossed the ancient bedrock valley of the Mississippi River between St. Paul and . . . — Map (db m42199) HM
Minnesota (Dakota County), Hastings — Going with the Flow
A dynamic force, the Mississippi River changes constantly. Humans have also changed the river, dramatically altering its flow and levels — sometimes with unintended results. In its natural state, the river once flowed freely across a . . . — Map (db m48570) HM
Minnesota (Dakota County), Hastings — Hastings Grows
From 1856 to 1865, in its first decade of existence, the city of Hastings grew by 2,500 people, enjoying a boom of settlement also experienced by other cities along the Mississippi. A steady flow of settlers, including many immigrants, . . . — Map (db m48361) HM
Minnesota (Dakota County), Hastings — Hastings Spiral BridgeErected 1895 • Demolished 1951
Hastings Spiral Bridge Only One of Its Kind in America April 27 1895 eight thousand people commemorated the opening of the new "High Wagon Bridge" across the Mississippi River. It was built in seven months at a cost of $39,050 by the . . . — Map (db m49690) HM
Minnesota (Dakota County), Hastings — Ignatius Donnelly's Nininger City Home
Just northwest of here, at the bottom of the hill, stood the home of Ignatius Donnelly, author, orator, politician, reformer, and prophet who was easily the best known Minnesotan of his time, both in the state and throughout the world. . . . — Map (db m65584) HM
Minnesota (Dakota County), Hastings — Living in the Water
The Mississippi River has provided a habitat for many species of fish and other aquatic creatures for millions of years. Human modifications of the river have had both positive and negative effects on fish populations here. Many types of fish thrive . . . — Map (db m49277) HM
Minnesota (Dakota County), Hastings — Mississippi
The Father of Waters The Mighty Miss The Great River Source: Lake Itasca MN 552 River Miles Mouth: Gulf of Mexico 1788 River Miles This natural water highway made possible many of man's experiences on the North . . . — Map (db m47809) HM
Minnesota (Dakota County), Hastings — Native Cultures
For more than 10,000 years, people have lived near the Mississippi River. The first cultures relied on hunting, fishing, and gathering for survival. As early as 1,000 years ago, however, Indian peoples were farming portions of the river valley near . . . — Map (db m49801) HM
Minnesota (Dakota County), Hastings — Nininger Historic Site
On this historic site, the SW corner of Block 67 of the Nininger City plat, was located a building that served the citizens for a century and a half. Construction began in March, 1858, when the Nininger Chapter of the Independent Order of Good . . . — Map (db m65618) HM
Minnesota (Dakota County), Hastings — River Habitats
The Mississippi River and its backwaters are home to a vast and diverse array of fish and wildlife. The river's natural fluctuations help create an environment rich in vegetation — providing food and habitat for nesting birds, fish, and . . . — Map (db m50358) HM
Minnesota (Dakota County), Hastings — Roadside Park Veterans Memorial
In Honor and Memory of All Men and Women Who Served Our Country During War and Peace in the Armed Forces of the United States of America Duty · Honor · Country — Map (db m42213) HM
Minnesota (Dakota County), Hastings — Shaping the River
The natural river above Hastings was treacherous for steamboats, with a depth that reached only three and one-half feet in some places. The first efforts of the federal government to improve navigation of the river were wing dams (piles of . . . — Map (db m48475) HM
Minnesota (Dakota County), Hastings — Spiral Bridge1895 – 1951
This footing is all that remains of the unique bridge that once spanned this river. Historical Preservation Commission 1982Map (db m49747) HM
Minnesota (Dakota County), Hastings — Steamboats, Trains, and Barges
The Mississippi River has long been a major artery for trade and transportation. For thousands of years, Indians traveled on the river by canoe. By the 1850s, rivertowns like Hastings boomed as steamboats brought settlers into the region. The . . . — Map (db m48589) HM
Minnesota (Dakota County), Hastings — Veterans Memorial Levee
This levee honors all who served in our nation's armed forces and is dedicated to the eternal memory of those who gave their lives. Hastings, Minnesota 25 July 1981 — Map (db m47790) HM
Minnesota (Dakota County), Inver Grove Heights — B-52 Crash SiteCold War Veterans Memorial
On this spot on September 16, 1958, a U.S. Air force B-52D bomber crashed while on a Cold War training mission originating from Loring Air Force Base, Limestone, Maine. Seven crewmen gave their lives for their country. They were: Captain Wm. C. . . . — Map (db m45193) HM
Minnesota (Dakota County), Inver Grove Heights — The Salem Evangelical Church
The first congregation in Minnesota of the Evangelical Association of North America was organized here on March 2, 1857 by the Reverend Andrew Tarnutzer. The first small frame building was replaced in 1875 by a church measuring 20 by 32 feet and . . . — Map (db m67319) HM
Minnesota (Dakota County), Mendota — "Where the Waters Meet"
Called M'Dote or "the place where waters meet" by the Dakota, this area is central to many Dakota creation stories and is significant to Dakota people today. Just west of this site is Pilot Knob, which was used extensively for burials by the Dakota . . . — Map (db m37659) HM
Minnesota (Dakota County), Mendota — Faribault House
In front of you stands the Faribault House, built by long-time fur trader Jean-Baptiste in 1839. Faribault was originally from the Montreal area, and had been associated with the British and American fur traders since the late 1790s. He built this . . . — Map (db m37618) HM
Minnesota (Dakota County), Mendota — General Henry Hastings Sibley
[symbol of the Daughters of the American Revolution; image of the Sibley House] To the glory of God and in memory of General Henry Hastings Sibley. Born February 20, 1811, died February 18, 1891. A great patriot - soldier - . . . — Map (db m37573) HM
Minnesota (Dakota County), Mendota — Henry Sibley and Old Mendota
The Sibley House was built in 1836 for Henry Hastings Sibley, regional manager for the American Fur Company. The first floor was designed for business operations, and the second floor was his bachelor's residence. Two additions were made to the . . . — Map (db m41358) HM
Minnesota (Dakota County), Mendota — Mendota / Sibley House
[symbol of the Daughters of the American Revolution] Mendota In the language of the Sioux means the mouth of a river. Was the earliest permanent white settlement in southern Minnesota. A pioneer center of the fur trade. . . . — Map (db m37534) HM
Minnesota (Dakota County), Mendota — Mendota / Sibley House Association
Mendota This wide valley intersection between the two rivers known today as the Minnesota and Mississippi has been a meeting place for people for thousands of years. The Dakota people lived on these prairielands by the 1700s. . . . — Map (db m38269) HM
Minnesota (Dakota County), Mendota — Sibley House Historic Site
Welcome to the Sibley House Historic Site! This area had long been the center of travel and trade for the Dakota when it became the center for American Fur Company operations on the Upper Mississippi. It was also home to Minnesota's first governor, . . . — Map (db m41238) HM
Minnesota (Dakota County), Mendota — St. Peter's Church
Here at Mendota (where the rivers meet) missionaries ministered to both Indians and settlers, enduring the hardships of a sprawling wilderness that was the Minnesota country. In 1842, Father Lucien Galtier built a small, log chapel with only two . . . — Map (db m37714) HM
Minnesota (Dakota County), Mendota — The First Stone House
1835 • 1916 [symbol of the D.A.R.] The first stone house erected in the State of Minnesota by its first Governor, Gen. Henry Hastings Sibley. Secured in 1910 for the St. Paul Chapter, Daughters of the American . . . — Map (db m37594) HM
Minnesota (Dakota County), Mendota Heights — Mendota Work Camp No. 1
The "New Deal" During the Great Depression of the early 1930's, more than 25 percent of the nations' workforce was unemployed. One of President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal programs was the Works Progress Administration . . . — Map (db m40481) HM
Minnesota (Dakota County), Mendota Heights — Pilot Knob
1851 • 1922 [symbol of the D.A.R.] To Commemorate The Treaty at Mendota Negotiated on Pilot Knob Whereby the Sioux Indians ceded their lands in the Territory of Minnesota and State of Iowa to the . . . — Map (db m37430) HM
Minnesota (Dakota County), Mendota Heights — United States War Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to the memory of all United States War Veterans June 25, 1939 Dedicatory Committee United Spanish War Veterans Veterans of Foreign Wars American Legion — Map (db m37739) HM
Minnesota (Dakota County), South Saint Paul — Armour & Company1919 – 1979
With the establishment of the stockyards, meat buyers were quick to congregate in South St. Paul. In 1897, Armour had buyers here. Cattle, hogs and sheep were purchased and then shipped to Chicago for processing. Nearby the Swift & Company plant was . . . — Map (db m31247) HM
Minnesota (Dakota County), South Saint Paul — Kaposia Village
Here on the Mendota Trail from 1839 to 1852 stood the Sioux village of the Little Crow family. An attempted Chippewa attack in 1842 precipitated the Battle of Kaposia across the river. After the Treaty of Mendota in 1851 the band moved up the . . . — Map (db m31186) HM
Minnesota (Dakota County), South Saint Paul — Swift & Company1897 – 1969
On this site stood Swift & Company’s slaughterhouse and meat packing plant. It eventually became the company’s largest plant in the United States. The area covered 28 acres, with 30.5 acres of floor space in multi-storied buildings. Swift & . . . — Map (db m40768) HM
Minnesota (Dakota County), South Saint Paul — The Stockyards
The idea to create a livestock market and meat packing center at South St. Paul was conceived by Alpheus B. Stickney, a prominent railroad businessman. After meetings with western livestock ranchers and producers, the need to locally slaughter and . . . — Map (db m31274) HM

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