The Minnesota River Valley is a witness to time. Rocks formed 3.8 billion years ago — some of the oldest in the world — lie exposed on the valley floor. These grey, pink and red granite rocks are memorials to a fiery young earth when . . . — — Map (db m69039) HM
The 1860 US census list a population of 245 in Renville County from a statewide population of 172,023. About 100 people lived here at the Upper Sioux Agency in August, 1862, in homes such as this one built for families of government employees. . . . — — Map (db m153940) HM
About 13,000 years ago, glacial melt water that collected in a basin named Glacial Lake Agassiz burst through a natural earthen dike creating a huge torrent of water that carved the Minnesota River Valley as we see it today. There are . . . — — Map (db m71317) HM
The Andrew J. Volstead House had been designated a National Historic Landmark This site possesses national significance In commemorating the history of the United States of America 1980 Heritage . . . — — Map (db m170255) HM
This structure mirrored the appearance and function of Employee Duplex No. 1. The bricks for both buildings were fired in the Agency’s kiln. Workers at the Agency saw mill, located south east on the Yellow Medicine River cut and process the wood . . . — — Map (db m153920) HM WM
This brick structure, one of the first duplexes constructed in Minnesota, was erected in 1859-60. The head carpenter, the superintendent of farms, and their families lived here. The duplex was burned during the Dakota War of 1862. George Olds, a . . . — — Map (db m153915) HM
The Granite Falls City hall was built in 1892 on this site as a single story
brick building that housed the city’s office as well as a steam-driven
electricity generator. Following construction of the city’s first hydro-
electric facility, the . . . — — Map (db m170251) HM
1871 - Built dam for water power
1872 - Founded Granite Falls
photo of dam
Erected flour, grist, lumber mills in 1872.
Gave free lots to secure settlers.
Established first mail route and post office.
Helped organize the first . . . — — Map (db m69002) HM
On this ridge is located the grave of Mazomani, a leader of the Wahpeton (Dwellers in the Leaves) Dakota, who died of injuries he received on September 23, 1862, at the battle of Wood Lake during the Dakota (Sioux) War. Mazomani (Iron Walker) was . . . — — Map (db m154353) HM WM
The first school building in east Granite Falls was a structure 20 by 30 feet and erected in 1873 at a cost of $1,500. The first teacher was C.E. Clark. Enrollment continued to grow and in the summer of 1879, a new school district was organized . . . — — Map (db m169923) HM
Although he is best known for his authorship of America's
prohibition enforcement act, U.S. Congressman Andrew J. Volstead's
greatest legacy as a lawmaker was the Capper-Volstead Act which
permits farmers to join together in cooperatives to . . . — — Map (db m170253) HM
Of all the buildings at the Upper Sioux Agency in the 1800s, the warehouse received the most visitors. At this location, the Dakota received annuity payments, food, and material goods promised to them by treaty. The warehouse also housed the . . . — — Map (db m153914) HM
In its ongoing attempt to assimilate the Dakota into white society, the U.S. Government built an Agency school with a curriculum that included reading and writing English, math, agriculture, sewing, and carpentry. Erected in 1859, the building was . . . — — Map (db m153990) HM
By the treaties of 1851 and 1858 the lands of the once mighty Sioux were reduced to shoestring reservations along the southern bank of the Minnesota River. The Sisseton and Wahpeton bands of Upper Sioux held the land from Lake Traverse to the Yellow . . . — — Map (db m154382) HM WM
American Indian agencies existed to implement U.S. Government Indian policies. By the mid-1800s, agencies such as this one dotted the land west of the Mississippi river. The U.S. government intended to assimilate native people into English speaking, . . . — — Map (db m154020) HM
Site of some of the oldest exposed rock in the world. Geologists estimate this Granitic Gneiss was formed 3,800,000,000 years ago.
Erected by the Yellow Medicine County Historical Society
1975 — — Map (db m68877) HM
The first village in Yellow Medicine County was located about ½ mile southwest of this marker. John Winter settled there in 1866. In 1868 Hoxie established a store and Gorham Powers a law office. In 1869 Georges Olds platted the village, a . . . — — Map (db m153923) HM