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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Anoka, Minnesota

Clickable Map of Anoka County, Minnesota and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Anoka County, MN (43) Chisago County, MN (40) Hennepin County, MN (330) Isanti County, MN (3) Ramsey County, MN (177) Sherburne County, MN (7) Washington County, MN (71)  AnokaCounty(43) Anoka County (43)  ChisagoCounty(40) Chisago County (40)  HennepinCounty(330) Hennepin County (330)  IsantiCounty(3) Isanti County (3)  RamseyCounty(177) Ramsey County (177)  SherburneCounty(7) Sherburne County (7)  WashingtonCounty(71) Washington County (71)
Anoka is the county seat for Anoka County
Anoka is in Anoka County
      Anoka County (43)  
      Chisago County (40)  
      Hennepin County (330)  
      Isanti County (3)  
      Ramsey County (177)  
      Sherburne County (7)  
      Washington County (71)  
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1 Minnesota, Anoka County, Anoka — Aaron Greenwald
Dedicated to Aaron Greenwald and his comrades, who near this spot shortly after 10 A.M. on April 15, 1861, were the first Union Civil War Volunteers in the Nation. Aaron Greenwald was killed at Gettysburg July 2, 1863, in the "Famous Charge That . . . Map (db m156730) HM WM
2 Minnesota, Anoka County, Anoka — Anoka Becomes a Suburb — Akin Riverside Historic Promenade —
Anoka's first City Hall stood on Main Street between Second and Third Avenues and housed the fire department on the first level. Courtesy of the Anoka County Historical Society. Starting in the 1950's, a series of annexations . . . Map (db m249568) HM
3 Minnesota, Anoka County, Anoka — Anoka Independent Feed & Grain
The feed mill in the early 1950s had only two silos. Owners Ernest Petersen and his sister, Alice, in the office, 1952 or 1953. Anoka Independent Feed and Grain is one of Anoka's oldest family run businesses. . . . Map (db m248924) HM
4 Minnesota, Anoka County, Anoka — Anoka Organizes and Grows — Akin Riverside Historic Promenade —
Logging on the Rum River stretched from Mille Lacs to Anoka. This crew included J.W. Freeburg in 1894. Courtesy of the Anoka County Historical Society. The last log drive on the Rum River occurred in the 1890's when the . . . Map (db m249652) HM
5 Minnesota, Anoka County, Anoka — Anoka Post OfficeCirca 1916
This building was designed by U.S. Government architect James Knox Taylor. It is a textbook example of Georgian Revival style architecture with its massive rectangular size, brick façade, cornice, arched windows, modillions under the eaves, and . . . Map (db m132571) HM
6 Minnesota, Anoka County, Anoka — Anoka Veterans MemorialIn memory of those from Anoka who served
Medal of Honor Awarded to Richard Keith Sorenson Rank and Organization: Private US Marine Corps Reserve, 4th Marine Division Place and Date: Namur Island, Kwajalein Attol [sic], Marshall Islands, 1-2 February 1944 Entered . . . Map (db m249068) WM
7 Minnesota, Anoka County, Anoka — Bridging the Mississippi
The Mississippi River was an obstacle to overland travelers attempting to cross to the other side. From 1855 to 1884 a flat bottomed cable ferry was maintained between Anoka and Champlin. For a time two ferry companies operated at this . . . Map (db m158388) HM
8 Minnesota, Anoka County, Anoka — Circle of Life
The Dakota and Ojibwa people believed that the confluence of two great rivers was a sacred place. The Point was used as an encampment and gathering place for several tribes. It was also a meeting place to form hunting parties going north . . . Map (db m70897) HM
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9 Minnesota, Anoka County, Anoka — Father Louis Hennepin's Exploration in 1680
Father Louis Hennepin, Belgian Recollect missionary accompanying Sieur de la Salle's expedition to the Mississippi River region, left Fort Crevecoeur, Illinois, on February 29, 1680, for an exploration of the upper Mississippi River. On April 11, he . . . Map (db m225175) HM
10 Minnesota, Anoka County, Anoka — Fireman's Grove
Fireman's Grove is located here in the area just above the confluence of the Rum River. It was named for the firemen who pastured their horses at The Point. Fireman's Grove became a favorite gathering place for townspeople and visitors who . . . Map (db m70973) HM
11 Minnesota, Anoka County, Anoka — Freeburg Companies
In the early 1900s, brothers, J.W. (Bill) and Archie Freeburg were business partners in the W.H. LaPlant Company that sold feed, seed, coal and other farm related items. In 1933 Bill and Archie left the LaPlant Company and opened their own . . . Map (db m249021) HM
12 Minnesota, Anoka County, Anoka — Getting Here — Akin Riverside Historic Promenade —
Map from the book, The Red River Trails by Gilman, Gilman, and Stultz. Minnesota Historical Society Pres, 1979. Transportation is the key to the development of any community. The Rum and Mississippi Rivers were the . . . Map (db m249485) HM
13 Minnesota, Anoka County, Anoka — Highway of Exploration
The Rum and the Mississippi were highways for the earliest recorded European explorers of Minnesota. Many explorers traveled past The Point and some may have camped here including Radission, Hennepin, Du Luth, Pike, Faribault and Nicollet. . . . Map (db m70569) HM
14 Minnesota, Anoka County, Anoka — Lincoln Flour Mill
Lincoln Mill, built in 1880 by W.D. Washburn, was the largest and most successful of Anoka's mills. The mill measured 60'x120' and was 7 stories tall. The mill was powered by two American turbine wheels, a 250-horsepower Corliss engine, and . . . Map (db m249327) HM
15 Minnesota, Anoka County, Anoka — Log Stamps
Logs were cut in the winter and stacked on the riverbank until they could be floated down river in the spring. Many rivers carried logs from more than one logging camp, so it was important to know which logs came from which camps. Before . . . Map (db m248813) HM
16 Minnesota, Anoka County, Anoka — Logbooms Meet Sawmills
The white pine forests fell to the logger's ax in the northern Rum River pineries, "Seventy mills in seventy years could not exhaust the white pine I have seen on the Rum River" predicted Daniel Stanchfield, a lumber-wise timber cruiser . . . Map (db m70937) HM
17 Minnesota, Anoka County, Anoka — Lumberjack Vocabulary
Lumberjack Vocabulary Words: • A board foot - 1 inch thick by 12 inches wide by 12 inches long • Blackjack - coffee • Cookee - cook's helper • Logging berries - stewed prunes • Shoepack pie - pie made from vinegar, . . . Map (db m248782) HM
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18 Minnesota, Anoka County, Anoka — Main Street Bridge
The first Main Street Bridge was built by Orin W. Rice as part of the Military Road project in 1853. The 140-foot wooden, single arch bridge served Anoka for more than 50 years. Around 1907, the wooden bridge was replaced with an iron . . . Map (db m249407) HM
19 Minnesota, Anoka County, Anoka — Perseverance Needed
Struggles and hardship are expected in building a community, but Anoka may have had more than its share of disasters. Through each trial, the community rebounded and Anoka continues to be a vital, dynamic community. Anoka County was . . . Map (db m70953) HM
20 Minnesota, Anoka County, Anoka — River Highways
The Rum and the Mississippi were river highways for the Dakota, the Ojibwa, European explorers, traders and settlers. Between 1850 and 1870 the Rum and the Mississippi became "working rivers" for lumbermen. In the fall loggers traveled . . . Map (db m70914) HM
21 Minnesota, Anoka County, Anoka — Robert W. AkinAkin Riverside Historic Promenade
Robert W. Akin (1871-1920) came to Anoka in 1898 and began working as a cashier in the State Bank. His property a few blocks south of Main Street on the east bank of the Rum River was said to be one of the "most picturesque sites in the . . . Map (db m162173) HM
22 Minnesota, Anoka County, Anoka — Rum River Dam
The first dam was built here in 1853 of logs and earth fill by Caleb and W.H. Woodbury. It washed away in high water in the Spring of 1854. A second dam was built in 1854 by James McCann. This dam and its pool provided 5 sluiceways for water . . . Map (db m70264) HM
23 Minnesota, Anoka County, Anoka — Rum River Dam
Construction on the first dam began in late summer 1853. The dam was built using rocks, earth, and tamarack logs for pilings, which were cut from the swamps near Round Lake in Andover, MN. The dam was used to divert water to power the saw . . . Map (db m249175) HM
24 Minnesota, Anoka County, Anoka — Settlement of this place called "Anoka" — Akin Riverside Historic Promenade —
Oral traditions and archaeological evidence suggest early human habitation. Inhabitants hunted game, gathered plants, and made pottery. Conflict between the Dakota, who lived near Lake Mille Lacs, and the Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe) who were moving . . . Map (db m249680) HM
25 Minnesota, Anoka County, Anoka — The Gathering PlaceAkin Riverside Historic Promenade
The square of land on the east side of the Rum River just south of Main Street has been a place for Anoka citizens to gather since the town began in the mid-1800's. Known as Bridge Square, it was a place to share news, to hear speeches and . . . Map (db m70586) HM
26 Minnesota, Anoka County, Anoka — The PointPeninsula Point Two Rivers Historical Park — The Meeting Place —
Peninsula Point is formed by the confluence of two great rivers. Throughout its history it has been the meeting place of many cultures. Now Peninsula Point Two Rivers Historical Park, "The Point," is a meeting place for you to discover the rich . . . Map (db m248604) HM
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27 Minnesota, Anoka County, Anoka — The Stone HouseAkin Riverside Historic Promenade
Three stone houses were built during the 1920's by Thaddeus P. Giddings (1969-1954). Giddings was the Supervisor of Music for the Minneapolis Schools and founder of the National Music Camp in Interlachen, Michigan. The stone houses were part . . . Map (db m70825) HM
28 Minnesota, Anoka County, Anoka — Ticknor HouseCirca 1867
This house was the home of three generations of the Ticknor Family, who greatly contributed to the development of Anoka. The architecture of the house incorporates design features of Gothic Revival (1867, design of original house) and the Queen Anne . . . Map (db m181514) HM
29 Minnesota, Anoka County, Anoka — Washburn Saw Mill
Built in 1872 by W.D. Washburn & Co., the mill had an annual production of 16 million board feet of lumber. Combined with the planing mills, dry kilns, etc., the mill employed about 125 men. For 17 years logs from the headwaters of the Rum . . . Map (db m242327) HM
30 Minnesota, Anoka County, Anoka — Washburn Saw Mill Chimney / Pease Printery
Washburn Saw Mill Chimney On July 13, 1907, in front of a crowd of 3,000 onlookers, the iconic 90-foot Washburn Saw Mill chimney was razed. The chimney was constructed of approximately 125,000 Kelsey bricks; a high-quality . . . Map (db m248997) HM
31 Minnesota, Anoka County, Anoka — Where Cultures Meet
Native peoples and traders met at a trading post constructed across the Rum River from The Point in 1844 by Joseph Bellanger. The Ojibwa brought furs and skins to trade for copper cooking pots, cloth, blankets, decorative beads and iron . . . Map (db m70921) HM
32 Minnesota, Anoka County, Anoka — Where Land and Water Meet
The Mississippi River forms a unique and complex ecosystem spanning 2000 miles. From its origin at Lake Itasca in Northern Minnesota to its outlet in the Gulf of Mexico the river encompasses a diversity of life found only in a very few places . . . Map (db m70908) HM
33 Minnesota, Anoka County, Anoka — Who Lived Here / Neighborhood Names / Building a Community — Akin Riverside Historic Promenade —
Who Lived Here Thousands of years ago, glaciers and inland seas covered much of North America. These early forces shaped the land to form lakes, rives, soil deposits, and land features. Sandy soil at the southern end of the Rum River . . . Map (db m236855) HM
34 Minnesota, Anoka County, Anoka — Why Settle Here? / Time to Play
Why Settle Here? Looking for Work Timber was a resource that drew many west and in 1847, surveyor Daniel Stanchfield noted, "Seventy mills in seventy years couldn't exhaust the white pine I have seen on the Rum River". The rivers . . . Map (db m70982) HM
35 Minnesota, Anoka County, Anoka — Windego Park AuditoriumCirca 1914
This amphitheater is a rare example of a semi-circular, open-air theater in Minnesota. It echoes the design of ancient Greek and Roman theaters. Set into the hillside, it was designed to accommodate 1,600 people. The idea for its construction came . . . Map (db m230699) HM
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Jul. 12, 2024