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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Stearns County, Minnesota

 
Clickable Map of Stearns 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 Stearns County, MN (30) Benton County, MN (2) Douglas County, MN (8) Kandiyohi County, MN (50) Meeker County, MN (21) Morrison County, MN (51) Pope County, MN (2) Sherburne County, MN (7) Todd County, MN (3) Wright County, MN (12)  StearnsCounty(30) Stearns County (30)  BentonCounty(2) Benton County (2)  DouglasCounty(8) Douglas County (8)  KandiyohiCounty(50) Kandiyohi County (50)  MeekerCounty(21) Meeker County (21)  MorrisonCounty(51) Morrison County (51)  PopeCounty(2) Pope County (2)  SherburneCounty(7) Sherburne County (7)  ToddCounty(3) Todd County (3)  WrightCounty(12) Wright County (12)
St. Cloud is the county seat for Stearns County
Adjacent to Stearns County, Minnesota
      Benton County (2)  
      Douglas County (8)  
      Kandiyohi County (50)  
      Meeker County (21)  
      Morrison County (51)  
      Pope County (2)  
      Sherburne County (7)  
      Todd County (3)  
      Wright County (12)  
 
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1Minnesota, Stearns County, Avon — Charles Lindbergh’s Minnesota Roots
Near Interstate 94, on the right when traveling north.
When Charles Lindbergh landed his airplane on May 21, 1927, after becoming the first person to fly solo and non-stop from New York to Paris, he instantly became a national hero. His background and boyhood in Minnesota prepared him well for this . . . Map (db m85788) HM
2Minnesota, Stearns County, Avon — The Benedictines in Minnesota
Near Interstate 94 at milepost 150 near Avon Avenue South, on the right when traveling east.
Between 1854 and 1857 many Catholics came to the United States from Germany and settled in Central Minnesota at Saint Cloud and in the Sauk Valley; their religious and educational needs were met by the Benedictines. The Benedictine Order and . . . Map (db m156988) HM
3Minnesota, Stearns County, Clearwater — Exploring The Mississippi Headwaters
Near Interstate 94 at milepost 177,, 0.9 miles west of State Highway 24, on the right when traveling west.
After the American Revolution, the 1783 Treaty of Paris, signed by those representing the American Colonies and Great Britain, sought to establish the boundary of the new country. In the middle of the continent the boundary was to run east to west . . . Map (db m69746) HM
4Minnesota, Stearns County, Cold Spring — Assumption Chapel (AKA Grasshopper Chapel)Assumpta est Maria
1854 Father Francis X. Pierz offers first mass in this vicinity 1877 Father Leo Winter, O.S.B. erects a chapel in honor of the Assumption of B.V.M. to avert grasshopper plague 1894 June 28. Tornado destroys chapel 1951 . . . Map (db m78124) HM
5Minnesota, Stearns County, Collegeville — Saint John's Abbey and University
Saint John's Abbey was founded in 1856 on the west bank of the Mississippi river in St. Cloud and was permanently located in the Indianbush, now Collegeville, on the shore of Lake Sagatagan in 1866 as the first Benedictine monastery in the Upper . . . Map (db m78190) HM
6Minnesota, Stearns County, Collegeville — St. John's Abbey and University
On St. John's Road (State Highway 159) 1 mile south of Interstate 94, on the right when traveling south.
St. John's Abbey was founded in 1856 on the west bank of the Mississippi near St. Cloud and permanently located in the Indianbush, now Collegeville, on the shore of Lake Sagatagan in 1866. St. John's was the first Benedictine abbey in the Upper . . . Map (db m78128) HM
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7Minnesota, Stearns County, Collegeville — St. John's Abbey and University Old Church and Quadrangle
This property is listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m78132) HM
8Minnesota, Stearns County, Kimball — SN-MPR-004 — Maine Prairie Corners
On State Highway 15 south of County Road 8, on the left when traveling north.
Here in 1856 settlers from Maine established a community that grew into a vigorous pioneer village including three churches & stores, two lodge halls, blacksmith shop, cheese factory – all built near the site of a 2½-story tamarack fort . . . Map (db m70766) HM
9Minnesota, Stearns County, Luxemburg — Luxemburg
On State Highway 15, 0.2 miles south of Ahles Road / 230th Street, on the left when traveling south.
The first settlers in this area were immigrants from Luxembourg and Germany, founding Saint Wendelin's Parish Church in 1859. The town grew to include a school in 1861, post office in 1863, stores, hotel, livery, creamery, feed mill, and other . . . Map (db m70310) HM
10Minnesota, Stearns County, Paynesville — Veterans Memorial
Near Cemetery Road, 0.9 miles west of Minnesota Highway 23, on the right when traveling west.
In Memory of the Area Veterans Who Served Honorably - 1986 - Paynesville American Legion Post 271Map (db m78826) WM
11Minnesota, Stearns County, Saint Cloud — Fort Holes
Near 9th Street South.
About one block east of this marker, near the site of the Gray Laboratory School, stood Fort Holes, for a brief time a reminder of the panic accompanying the Sioux uprising of 1862. As fighting flared, frightened settlers streamed into nearby . . . Map (db m88376) HM
12Minnesota, Stearns County, Sauk Centre — Boyhood Home of Sinclair LewisUnited for Libraries Literary Landmarks Register
On Sinclair Lewis Avenue, on the right when traveling west.
Harry Sinclair Lewis (1885–1951) spent his formative years in this home. Lewis was an American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright. In 1930, he became the first writer from the United States to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature . . . Map (db m120898) HM
13Minnesota, Stearns County, Sauk Centre — Main Street
On Main Street (State Highway 71), on the left when traveling north.
Nearly every small town has a Main Street - - a town center where residents gather to conduct their business, greet their neighbors, and exchange news of the day. Today the concept of main street is suffused in a nostalgic glow, as we . . . Map (db m206896) HM
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14Minnesota, Stearns County, Sauk Centre — Sinclair Lewis
On Sinclair Lewis Avenue, on the right when traveling west.
When Harry Sinclair Lewis was born here on a bitter cold February 7, 1885, Sauk Centre was a raw prairie town with an unpaved main street and five or six blocks of false fronts. A gawky, sensitive child who achieved little success in school and was . . . Map (db m43828) HM
15Minnesota, Stearns County, Sauk Centre — Sinclair Lewis Boyhood Home
On Sinclair Lewis Avenue, on the right when traveling west.
Sinclair Lewis Boyhood Home has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark under the provisions of the Historical Sites Act of August 21st 1935. This site possesses exceptional value in commemorating and illustrating . . . Map (db m120897) HM
16Minnesota, Stearns County, Sauk Centre — The Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan
On Main Street S., on the right.
Designed by its first Vicar, the Reverend George Stewart, this is the oldest church building in continuous use in Sauk Centre. Construction was begun in the spring of 1869 and completion of the $6700 structure was made possible by a $2000 gift sent . . . Map (db m43826) HM
17Minnesota, Stearns County, St. Cloud — B.P.O.E. Building1913
On 5th Avenue South north of 1st Street South, on the right when traveling north.
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior and St. Cloud Heritage Preservation CommissionMap (db m78084) HM
18Minnesota, Stearns County, St. Cloud — Breen Hotel1921
On St. Germain Street at 9th Avenue North, on the right when traveling west on St. Germain Street.
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior and St. Cloud Heritage Preservation CommissionMap (db m78085) HM
19Minnesota, Stearns County, St. Cloud — D.B. Searle Building1886
On 5th Avenue South north of 1st Street South, on the right when traveling north.
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior and St. Cloud Heritage Preservation CommissionMap (db m78091) HM
20Minnesota, Stearns County, St. Cloud — Daniel Building1908
On 7th Avenue North at Courthouse Square, on the left when traveling north on 7th Avenue North.
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior and St. Cloud Heritage Preservation CommissionMap (db m78086) HM
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21Minnesota, Stearns County, St. Cloud — Holy Guardian Angels Church
On 3rd Street North just west of 6th Avenue North, on the left when traveling east.
This church for English-speaking Catholics, built in 1883 under the direction of the Rt. Rev. Rupert Seidenbusch, OSB, and partially destroyed by fire in 1933 was St. Cloud’s first cathedral from 1883-1937. The complex included a bishop’s . . . Map (db m205220) HM
22Minnesota, Stearns County, St. Cloud — McClure & Searle [Building]c.1883
On 5th Avenue South north of 1st Street South, on the right when traveling north.
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior and St. Cloud Heritage Preservation CommissionMap (db m78087) HM
23Minnesota, Stearns County, St. Cloud — Petters Building1914
On 5th Avenue South north of 1st Street South, on the right when traveling north.
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior and St. Cloud Heritage Preservation CommissionMap (db m78089) HM
24Minnesota, Stearns County, St. Cloud — Sherman Theatre1921
On St. Germain Street west of 9th Avenue, on the right when traveling west.
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior and St. Cloud Heritage Preservation CommissionMap (db m78092) HM
25Minnesota, Stearns County, St. Cloud — St. Mary's Building1925
On St. Germain Street at 9th Avenue, on the left when traveling west on St. Germain Street.
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior and St. Cloud Heritage Preservation CommissionMap (db m78093) HM
26Minnesota, Stearns County, St. Cloud — United States Post Office1936
On St. Germain Street at 8th Avenue, on the left when traveling west on St. Germain Street.
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior and St. Cloud Heritage Preservation CommissionMap (db m78090) HM
27Minnesota, Stearns County, St. Joseph — St. Joseph Blockhouse
Near 2nd Avenue Northwest at West Birch Street, on the left when traveling north.
At this point the citizens erected one of three pentagonal blockhouse of green timber, with sides 50 feet long, in August 1862, during the Sioux Outbreak. A second blockhouse stood near the present grounds of St. Benedict’s College. These . . . Map (db m207751) HM
28Minnesota, Stearns County, St. Joseph — St. Walburg Hall
This property has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m78096) HM
29Minnesota, Stearns County, Waite Park — Fata Morgana
Fata Morgana is carved from Cold Spring Granite's diamond pink granite from Rockville Quarry #1, located just west of HWY 23 before the I-94/HWY 23 interchange. The sculpture weights about 5,300 lbs. and was carved in 2005 by George Kurjanowicz . . . Map (db m78097) HM
30Minnesota, Stearns County, Waite Park — Quarry Derrick
This derrick was donated by Cold Spring Granite in 2006 to Stearns County Parks. It was disassembled from Cook, MN by park staff and Cold Springs Granite staff and transported to Quarry Park and Nature Preserve to complement the granite industry . . . Map (db m78120) HM
 
 
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Jan. 27, 2023