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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota

 
Clickable Map of Kandiyohi County, Minnesota and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Kandiyohi County, MN (50) Chippewa County, MN (12) Meeker County, MN (21) Pope County, MN (2) Renville County, MN (44) Stearns County, MN (30) Swift County, MN (3)  KandiyohiCounty(50) Kandiyohi County (50)  ChippewaCounty(12) Chippewa County (12)  MeekerCounty(21) Meeker County (21)  PopeCounty(2) Pope County (2)  RenvilleCounty(44) Renville County (44)  StearnsCounty(30) Stearns County (30)  SwiftCounty(3) Swift County (3)
Willmar is the county seat for Kandiyohi County
Adjacent to Kandiyohi County, Minnesota
      Chippewa County (12)  
      Meeker County (21)  
      Pope County (2)  
      Renville County (44)  
      Stearns County (30)  
      Swift County (3)  
 
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1Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Atwater — Backlund / Lorentson Monument
On Kandi Meeker Road Northeast, 0.7 miles north of U.S. 12, on the left when traveling north.
Sven H. Backlund Andreas Lorentson Killed by Indians Aug. 21, 1862Map (db m76983) HM
2Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Atwater — Diamond Lake Camp
On County Highway 4, 0.4 miles north of 60th Avenue Northeast (County Highway 26), on the right when traveling north.
At the start of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 settlers around Columbia (now Spencer) hastily formed an oxcart train and started for the stockade at Forest City. On the way to Diamond Lake, the refugees ran into other settlers fleeing from the Eagle . . . Map (db m77228) HM
3Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Atwater — Diamond Lake Community Park
On County Highway 4, 0.4 miles north of 60th Avenue Northeast (County Highway 26), on the left when traveling north.
When Daniel Delaney and a man named McLeod camped on the shores of the lake in 1855, they became the first white men of record to visit the area. John Masters, a land developer who came in 1856, gave the body of water its name. Diamond has . . . Map (db m76925) HM
4Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Atwater — Red River Trail
On State Highway 4, 0.1 miles north of 135th Street Northeast, on the right when traveling north.
The Red River Trail was the nineteenth-century answer to communication over the frontier between the early settlements on the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers and Lord Selkirk's settlements (Winnipeg) in Canada. Trails, such as this, were not . . . Map (db m77016) HM
5Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Atwater — Wheeler Lake Camp
On 180th Street Northeast, 1.5 miles north of 30th Avenue Northeast, on the left when traveling north.
After fighting a running battle with the Dakota on August 20, 1862 at Diamond Lake, two groups of refugees from Spicer and Eagle Lake camped here at Wheeler's Lake. The Dakota camped across the lake from them. There were no disturbances during . . . Map (db m77273) HM
6Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Blomkist — 1873 Blizzard
On 165th Avenue Southwest (County Road 80) 0.2 miles west of U.S. 71, on the left when traveling west.
The morning of January 7, 1873, was mild and pleasant enough to encourage many farmers to make trips to town or to work in their woodlots. Shortly after 2 p.m. a howling blizzard of snow, driven by a 70-mph northwest wind broke the calm. The storm, . . . Map (db m79353) HM
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7Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Hawick — Battle of the Broom
On 160th Street Northeast at State Highway 23, on the right when traveling west on 160th Street Northeast.
What is believed to be one of the last pitched battles between the Ojibwe and Dakota ended near this marker about 1860. Some Dakota hunters found a party of Ojibwe encroaching on Dakota grounds. They attacked, killing several Ojibwe and driving the . . . Map (db m78413) HM
8Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Kandiyohi — Capitol Hill
On 120th Street Southeast (County Road 134) 3.4 miles south of 15th Avenue Northeast (U.S. 12), on the right when traveling south.
Kandiyohi Town Site Corporation was organized in 1856, with John Swainson as president. By October of that year, the town site had been surveyed. David Charlton's plat indicates a large central area reserved for the State Capitol with a much smaller . . . Map (db m78239) HM
9Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Kandiyohi — Carrie Johnson
On 120th Street Southeast (County Road 134) 3.9 miles south of 15th Avenue Northeast (U.S. 12), on the right when traveling south.
Mrs. Carrie (Pehrson) Johnson, the first white person buried in what is now Kandiyohi County, came here with her husband, John, and six month old son in the fall of 1857, from Sweden. She died in April 1858, and was buried near her new house. After . . . Map (db m78311) HM
10Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Kandiyohi — John Other Day Camp
On County Highway 8, 0.5 miles south of 52nd Avenue Southeast, on the right when traveling south.
John Other Day, a Dakota who disagreed with the decision to go to war with the Whites, led a party of sixty-two white men, women and children out of danger when the Dakota attacked the Upper Sioux Agency near Granite Falls. The party left the Agency . . . Map (db m76656) HM
11Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Lake Lillian — Dalton Johnson Wildlife Area — Pheasants Forever
On 195th Avenue Southeast (State Highway 7) east of 165th Street Southeast, on the right when traveling east.
A founding member of the Kandiyohi County PF (Pheasants Forever), Dalton worked tirelessly to keep the fledgling chapter going. He was committed to a cause he strongly believed in.....establishing quality habitat to help all . . . Map (db m77082) HM
12Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Lake Lillian — Tromso Norsk Evangeliske Kirken(Tromso Norwegian Evangelical Church)
On County Highway 8 north of 154th Avenue Southeast, on the right when traveling north.
  On August 16, 1885 thirty people met at the home of Erik and Anette Larsen located in Section 26 of Fahlun Township and under the direction of Rev. A.N. Kleven, a new Lutheran congregation was organized by the name of "Tromso Lutheran Church," . . . Map (db m78263) HM
13Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Lake Lillian — US-Dakota War of 1862 Aftermath
On County Highway 8 north of Big Kandi Drive (County Road 132), on the right when traveling north.
The United States Army responded to the U.S. - Dakota War of 1862 by carrying out federal government security policies of removing remaining noncombatant Dakota people and pursuing combatants while protecting settled areas. In August 1863, Jesse V. . . . Map (db m78292) HM
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14Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, New London — Early History of New London
On Main Street South (State Highway 9) at 1st Avenue Southwest, on the right when traveling south on Main Street South.
1865    Louis Larson filed homestead rights and named the site New London. 1867    Merchants W.W. Pinney and Samuel Adams each built and opened stores. Postal service began. 1868    New London became county seat of Monongalia County. . . . Map (db m79619) HM
15Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, New London — Federal Fish Hatchery
On Main Street South (State Highway 9) at 1st Avenue Southwest, on the right when traveling south on Main Street South.
1938    A thorough study of a hundred acre location was carried out by the U.S. Commission of Surveys. Dam and mill site were purchased for $14,000. Land for fish ponds extended a mile downstream. Citizens contributed $1,300, and some easements . . . Map (db m79642) HM
16Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, New London — Isle of Refuge
On 180th Avenue Northwest (County Highway 40) 2 miles west of County Highway 5, on the right when traveling west.
    During the Dakota Conflict of 1862, there were no casualties among the Norway Lake community settlers, although several from the nearby West Lake community were killed. On August 20, survivors from West Lake and other settlers from the Norway . . . Map (db m75746) HM
17Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, New London — Jericho
On 68th Street Northwest (County Road 101) 0.8 miles south of 180th Avenue Northwest (County Highway 40), on the right when traveling south.
In 1879 this village of Jericho was established in the historic Norway Lake settlement, 20 years after the first Norwegian immigrants arrived. A general store with a post office, a blacksmith shop, a creamery, and other businesses prospered in . . . Map (db m78215) HM
18Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, New London — 4 — Lundborg-Broberg State Monument
Near 3rd Avenue Southwest east of Oak Street South, on the right when traveling east.
This Monument is Erected by the State of Minnesota, in Memory of Anders Petter Lundborg, born Mar. 23, 1837. Gustof Lundborg, born Apr. 30, 1839. Lars Lundborg, born Dec. 22, . . . Map (db m78140) HM WM
19Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, New London — Origin Of Crow River Dam and Mills
On Main Street South (State Highway 9) at 1st Avenue Southwest, on the right when traveling south on Main Street South.
1858    A natural waterfall was discovered by pioneer Larson while on a hunting and trapping expedition three miles upriver from Nest Lake. 1859    Larson established a camp near the falls but had to abandon it when his tent and most of his . . . Map (db m79590) HM
20Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, New London — Robert lhlang Post 537, The American Legion
On Main Street South (State Highway 9) at 1st Avenue Southwest, on the right when traveling south on Main Street South.
1946    Forty-two veterans met and signed the petition for a charter. The post was given its name in memory of Robert Ihlang who was killed in Italy during World War II. The charter was granted, and the officers were: commander, Victor Suneson; . . . Map (db m79634) HM
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21Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, New London — The West Lake Massacre
Near 3rd Avenue Southwest east of Oak Street South, on the right when traveling east.
Rev. Andrew Jackson had two services arranged in his Norway Lake Swedish Lutheran Parish for Wednesday, the 20th of August, 1862. In the forenoon a meeting was held at the Lundborg cabin at West Lake, now known as Monson Lake in Swift County. Here a . . . Map (db m79405) HM
22Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, New London — This Historical Inclosure
Near 3rd Avenue Southwest east of Oak Street South, on the right when traveling east.
This historical inclosure and all of its adornments constitute a memorial to Victor E. Lawson (1871–1960) the pioneer historian of Kandiyohi County. It has been provided by the Tribune Printing Company, Inc. publishers of the West Central . . . Map (db m79397) HM
23Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, New London — Veterans Memorial
On Main Street South (State Highway 9) at 1st Avenue Southwest, on the right when traveling south on Main Street South.
Department of the Air Force United States of America MCMXLVII Department of the Navy United States Marine Corps National Guard Department of the Navy United States of America Department of the Army United . . . Map (db m79556) WM
24Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Raymond — Raymond, Minnesota Veterans Memorial
On Babcock Ave W at Cofield St S, on the right when traveling east on Babcock Ave W.
Dedicated to the Men and Women Who Serve Their CountryMap (db m119966) WM
25Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Spicer — Gates Homestead
On State Highway 4 south of 75th Avenue Northeast (County Highway 28), on the left when traveling south.
Joshua H. Gates arrived at Diamond Lake in 1857 where he claimed land in Sections 17 and 20 of Harrison Township. Gates may have been the first farmer in what is now Kandiyohi County. This is the site of the Joshua and Lucinda Gates family . . . Map (db m77102) HM
26Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Spicer — Green Lake Mounds
On 138th Avenue Northeast (County Road 98) at County Highway 4, on the right when traveling east on 138th Avenue Northeast.
   During the Woodland period, about 1000 B. C. to A. D. 1650, Indian peoples began constructing earthworks or "mounds." Many if not most of these mounds functioned to visibly define and demarcate burial areas, much . . . Map (db m78079) HM
27Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Spicer — How Irving Township Got Its StartHold it Holden!
On County Highway 4, 0.3 miles south of North Shore Drive (County Highway 30), on the right when traveling south.
The first settlers in Kandiyohi County arrived in 1856 eager to stake a real estate claim on the shores of Green Lake. Early pioneers were hopeful that this place would soon become home to a thriving new city. Two men from . . . Map (db m77865) HM
28Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Spicer — Johannes Iverson
On 132nd Avenue Northwest, 0.4 miles west of County Highway 5.
On September 28, 1858, Johannes and Carin Iverson and family settled on section 32 of Lake Andrew Township near Crook Lake. Using supplies from the Eagle Lake Sawmill, Johannes Iverson built a log house here. Almost four years later, on August . . . Map (db m79375) HM
29Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Spicer — Lake Florida Mission Covenant Church
On 150th Avenue Northwest (County Road 29) 0.5 miles east of County Highway 5, on the right when traveling west.
First Church in Minnesota Organized by Mission Friend Immigrants from Sweden 1870-Organized on J.A. Skoglund Farm 1873-Built                   1910-Enlarged 1870-1955 Served this Rural Parish 1961-Perpetual Care Fund Raised . . . Map (db m77844) HM
30Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Spicer — Little Crow's Camp
On 140th Avenue Northeast, 0.5 miles west of State Highway 23, on the right when traveling west.
The Dakota nation established campsites in Kandiyohi County to hunt and fish. Little Crow's campsite located here was used for that purpose. Little Crow was born Taoyateduta about 1810 in the Mdewakanton Dakota village of Kaposia. Little Crow later . . . Map (db m78384) HM
31Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Spicer — Olof Olson Haugen
On County Highway 9, 0.6 miles south of 113th Avenue Northeast (County Highway 10), on the right when traveling south.
In May 1859, Olof Olson Haugen, his wife Bergeret, and son Frederick homesteaded here in section 32, Dovre Township. Over the next three years, the Haugen family diligently worked to establish their new life; building shelter, raising crops and . . . Map (db m77770) HM
32Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Spicer — Spicer
On Lake Avenue North (County Highway 30) north of Manitoba Street (County Highway 58), on the right when traveling north.
Green Lake has had three names. The Dakota who spent their summers here for hundreds of years, called it Mdeto. The first whites called it Carnelian, for its red sandy beaches. Later settlers observed the green color, as the Indians had, and . . . Map (db m77792) HM
33Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Spicer — Veterans Memorial
On Lake Avenue North (County Highway 30) north of Manitoba Street (County Highway 58), on the right when traveling north.
Dedicated to the Veterans of All Wars Who Served Their Country to Protect the Freedom of Humanity Presented by Spicer American Legion Post 545Map (db m77050) WM
34Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Spicer — Victory Dance
Near 113th Avenue Northeast (County Highway 10) at County Highway 9, on the left when traveling west.
Ojibwe and Dakota nations had a long history of conflict in what would become Minnesota. Both Dakota and Ojibwe people contended for the control of the abundant natural resources in the future Kandiyohi County area that played an economic role in . . . Map (db m78028) HM
35Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Sunburg — Lundborg Cabin
On 140th Street Northwest (County Highway 7) 1.6 miles south of 225th Avenue Northwest (County Road 112), on the right when traveling south.
    On August 20, 1862, Andrew Jackson, a circuit-rider minister, was conducting services for members of the New Sweden Church (Lebanon Lutheran) at the Lundborg family cabin at this site. Young Peter Broberg interrupted to tell his parents that . . . Map (db m77823) HM
36Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Sunburg — Old Log Church
On 99th Street Northwest at 195th Avenue Northwest, on the right when traveling north on 99th Street Northwest.
Following the Civil War, immigrants flowed into the Norway Lake area with the majority from Norway and Sweden. On October 10, 1868, Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church of Norway Lake incorporated and built a log cabin worship facility at this . . . Map (db m76700) HM
37Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Sunburg — The Old Log Church1868
Near 99th Street Northwest at 195th Avenue Northwest, on the right when traveling north.
Until 1868 the rapidly growing Norway Lake settlement had no regular place of worship. In the fall of that year a church of logs was hastily constructed. It would serve as the Norway Lake church until 1875 with Rev. L.J. Markhus as the pastor. . . . Map (db m78357) HM
38Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Sunburg — U.S. Military Post
Near 180th Avenue Northwest (County Highway 40) 1.1 miles east of 80th Street Northwest (County Highway 1), on the left when traveling east.
A Response To Conflict In 1865, a military post was established here in response to the U.S.-Dakota Conflict of 1862. During the conflict, twenty-five settlers and an unknown number of Dakota were killed in what is now Kandiyohi . . . Map (db m76774) HM
39Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Willmar — "Kandiyohi"An Idealized Statue Typifying the Meaning of the Word
On Becker Avenue Southwest at 5th Street Southwest, on the left when traveling west on Becker Avenue Southwest.
This Indian image first became part of Willmar in 1915, when it appeared as the Kandiyohi County Bank symbol. That same year, artist Eben E. Lawson, commissioned by the bank, created "Kandiyohi," a smaller sculpture which was the basis for this . . . Map (db m76191) HM
40Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Willmar — 37 — C.C.C. Worker1933 - 1942
Near Business U.S. 71, 0.5 miles north of 10th Street Northeast, on the left when traveling north.
. . . Map (db m79461) HM
41Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Willmar — Geology of the Willmar Region
Near Ella Avenue Northwest, 0.1 miles west of Business U.S. 71, on the right when traveling west.
     The agricultural land of the Willmar region has a history that dates back 60 million years, when an inland sea covered the Great Plains from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean. As the adjacent land eroded and life in the sea flourished, . . . Map (db m75844) HM
42Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Willmar — Great Northern Railway Engine No. 2523
Near Business U.S. 71 at Puerto Rico Street Northeast, on the right when traveling north.
     This mountain type locomotive survivor of the steam engines acquired by the Great Northern Railway to speed up main-line passenger service was placed on permanent exhibition here on October 17, 1965.      A powerful and speedy . . . Map (db m76363) HM
43Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Willmar — Guri Endresen-RosselandVikor Lutheran Church · Solomon Lake
On County Highway 5, 0.2 miles north of 60th Avenue Northwest (County Highway 25), on the left when traveling north.
This monument has been placed to honor Guri Endresen-Rosseland and other early settlers of the Solomon Lake community. The settlers were predominately immigrants from Hardanger, Norway. Among the special characteristics of these pioneers were . . . Map (db m75661) HM
44Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Willmar — Haugen Homestead
On 30th Street Northwest (County Highway 5) 0.4 miles south of 37th Avenue Northwest (County Road 92), on the right when traveling south.
In May 1859, Olof Olson Haugen, his wife Bergeret, and son Frederick homesteaded here in section 32, Dovre Township. Over the next three years, the Haugen family diligently worked to establish their new life; building shelter, raising crops and . . . Map (db m77735) HM
45Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Willmar — Kandiyohi County Indian History
On 5th Street Southwest at Becker Avenue Southwest, on the right when traveling south on 5th Street Southwest.
   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 . . . Map (db m76235) HM
46Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Willmar — Robbins Island
Near Business U.S. 71 near 10th Street Northeast, on the left when traveling north.
Robbins Island was formed about 25,000 years ago during the Wisconsin glaciation period. Early people used it as a refuge from prairie fires and their enemies. Artifacts, including a copper projectile point about 3 thousand years old, have been . . . Map (db m76867) HM
47Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Willmar — Turning Back Time
On 30th Street Northwest (County Highway 5) 0.1 miles south of 60th Avenue Northwest (County Highway 25), on the left when traveling south.
Turning Back Time The wetland before you is only a small part of the Weber Waterfowl Production Area; this original 80 acre site was bought from Regina and Anthony Weber in 1965. Additional land was purchased between 1970-74. This 421 acre . . . Map (db m77714) HM
48Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Willmar — Veteran's Memorial
Near Business U.S. 71, 0.5 miles north of 10th Street Northeast, on the left when traveling north.
. . . Map (db m79429) WM
49Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Willmar — Veterans War Memorial
Near Business U.S. 71 at Hawaii Street Northeast, on the right when traveling north.
Sponsored and Erected By Austin F. Hanscom Post 167 The American Legion Willmar, Minnesota In grateful remembrance of those who have died serving our country in war, and in honor of all others who have served in our armed forces. May their . . . Map (db m76412) WM
50Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Willmar — Whitefield Town Site
On 60th Avenue Southeast, 0.1 miles east of U.S. 71, on the right when traveling east.
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 . . . Map (db m79336) HM
 
 
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Feb. 2, 2023