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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Hastings, Minnesota

Clickable Map of Dakota 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> Dakota County, MN (46) Goodhue County, MN (30) Hennepin County, MN (185) Ramsey County, MN (114) Rice County, MN (9) Scott County, MN (9) Washington County, MN (59) Pierce County, WI (6)  DakotaCounty(46) Dakota County (46)  GoodhueCounty(30) Goodhue County (30)  HennepinCounty(185) Hennepin County (185)  RamseyCounty(114) Ramsey County (114)  RiceCounty(9) Rice County (9)  ScottCounty(9) Scott County (9)  WashingtonCounty(59) Washington County (59)  PierceCountyWisconsin(6) Pierce County (6)
Hastings is the county seat for Dakota County
Hastings is in Dakota County
      Dakota County (46)  
      Goodhue County (30)  
      Hennepin County (185)  
      Ramsey County (114)  
      Rice County (9)  
      Scott County (9)  
      Washington County (59)  
      Pierce County, Wisconsin (6)  
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1Minnesota (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
2Minnesota (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
3Minnesota (Dakota County), Hastings — Downtown Hastings — Yesterday and Today
A Small Area with a Big Impact During the late 1800s, downtown Hastings offered a wide range of goods and services to the growing river city, resulting no just in a vibrant economy, but also a visually striking commercial district of fine . . . Map (db m198461) HM
4Minnesota (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
5Minnesota (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
6Minnesota (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
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7Minnesota (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
8Minnesota (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
9Minnesota (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
10Minnesota (Dakota County), Hastings — Hastings, MinnesotaBeginnings
A natural harbor on the great Mississippi River highway led to the early development of Hastings. The river brought explorers, traders, soldiers, speculators, businessmen, and settlers. It carried from here the products of the prairies and forests. . . . Map (db m199536) HM
11Minnesota (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
12Minnesota (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
13Minnesota (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
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14Minnesota (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
15Minnesota (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
16Minnesota (Dakota County), Hastings — One Neighborhood, Many Stories
What does a house say about its occupants? The West 2nd Street Residential Historic District, just to the west between Eddy and Forest streets, vividly shows the diversity of house styles built between 1857 and 1890. A short walk to the . . . Map (db m198547) HM
17Minnesota (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
18Minnesota (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 · CountryMap (db m42213) HM
19Minnesota (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
20Minnesota (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
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21Minnesota (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
22Minnesota (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 1981Map (db m47790) HM
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Sep. 27, 2022