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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Mankato, Minnesota

 
Clickable Map of Blue Earth 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 Blue Earth County, MN (34) Brown County, MN (87) Faribault County, MN (5) Le Sueur County, MN (9) Martin County, MN (18) Nicollet County, MN (75) Waseca County, MN (1) Watonwan County, MN (8)  BlueEarthCounty(34) Blue Earth County (34)  BrownCounty(87) Brown County (87)  FaribaultCounty(5) Faribault County (5)  LeSueurCounty(9) Le Sueur County (9)  MartinCounty(18) Martin County (18)  NicolletCounty(75) Nicollet County (75)  WasecaCounty(1) Waseca County (1)  WatonwanCounty(8) Watonwan County (8)
Mankato is the county seat for Blue Earth County
Mankato is in Blue Earth County
      Blue Earth County (34)  
ADJACENT TO BLUE EARTH COUNTY
      Brown County (87)  
      Faribault County (5)  
      Le Sueur County (9)  
      Martin County (18)  
      Nicollet County (75)  
      Waseca County (1)  
      Watonwan County (8)  
 
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1 Minnesota, Blue Earth County, Mankato — Amos Owen Garden of American Indian Horticulture
Philosophy. Amos Owen was a Dakota elder and spiritual leader who wanted to preserve and restore traditional Dakota beliefs and practices. He believed that the suppression of Indian peoples had led to many parts of the culture being almost . . . Map (db m21588) HM
2 Minnesota, Blue Earth County, Mankato — Blue Earth - Nicollet Counties Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to all who Served and Those who Died Map (db m119980) WM
3 Minnesota, Blue Earth County, Mankato — Childhood Home of Frances "Bick" Kenney — Literary Landmarks Register —
Frances "Bick" Kenney, daughter of Patrick and Rose Kenney, was born on July 13, 1891, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Kenney family lived in this house from 1898 to 1911. Frances Kinny Kirch and Maud Hart Lovelace were lifelong friends. Maud . . . Map (db m237496) HM
4 Minnesota, Blue Earth County, Mankato — Childhood Home of Maud Hart LovelaceAuthor of the Betsy-Tacy Book Series — Literary Landmarks Register —
Maud Palmer Hart, daughter of Thomas and Stella Hart, was born on April 25, 1892, in Mankato, Minnesota. The Hart family lived in this house from 1892 to 1906. It was here that Maud met her best friend, Frances "Bick" Kenny, who moved into the . . . Map (db m237515) HM
5 Minnesota, Blue Earth County, Mankato — Civil War Monument
In Honor of Union Veterans of the Civil War Erected by the City of Mankato for Alexander Wilkin Post No. 19 Department of Minnesota Grand Army of the RepublicMap (db m67086) WM
6 Minnesota, Blue Earth County, Mankato — Dakota (Sioux) Memorial – 1862
The last act of the Minnesota Dakota (Sioux) War took place here in Mankato on December 26, 1862 when thirty-eight Dakota Indians died in a mass execution on this site. The Dakota War was a culmination of years of friction between Dakota and . . . Map (db m14195) HM
7 Minnesota, Blue Earth County, Mankato — Early European Explorers — Minnesota River Valley History Walk —
Early European explorers were drawn to the Minnesota River Valley's unique characteristics just like the Native Americans before them. French Fur Trader and Explorer Pierre Charles Le Sueur was the first recorded European explorer of the . . . Map (db m237541) HM
8 Minnesota, Blue Earth County, Mankato — Early Settlers — Minnesota River Valley History Walk —
European settlers began arriving in the area in the 1850s. The Treaty of Traverse des Sioux, signed July 23, 1851, allowed settlers to claim land that had once belonged to the Dakota. In 1852, Parsons King Johnson and Henry Jackson claimed the . . . Map (db m236258) HM
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9 Minnesota, Blue Earth County, Mankato — Granary
This building was used to store the customer's grain as it was brought in and the finished product of flour or grist until it could be picked up. It may have also doubled as sleeping quarters for those who preferred to wait until their grain could . . . Map (db m197027) HM
10 Minnesota, Blue Earth County, Mankato — Highland ParkMankato's "First" City Park
This area (Bunker Hill) once served as a Civil War recruitment center, but this was not the primary reason for its acquisition. The Mankato City Council purchased approximately 10.2 acres at 150 dollars an acre on October 15, 1874, with the . . . Map (db m68276) HM
11 Minnesota, Blue Earth County, Mankato — Ho-Chunk / Winnebago
Through treaty negotiations, the Ho-Chunk or Winnebago moved their homes to Blue Earth County in 1855, and by 1863 they were gone. Parts of what would become Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois had been their homeland for centuries. European explorers . . . Map (db m14053) HM
12 Minnesota, Blue Earth County, Mankato — Hubbard House
Rensselaer Dean Hubbard, successful entrepreneur and civic leader, built his house on Broad Street in three stages: in 1871, 1888 and 1905. During the late 19th century, many of Mankato’s captains of industry and commerce established their . . . Map (db m66338) HM
13 Minnesota, Blue Earth County, Mankato — Kenney House
This house, at 332 Center Street, was the Kenney family home from 1898 until 1911. Patrick Kenney worked for the Singer Sewing Machine Company in Minneapolis and came to work at their Mankato store in 1897. The Kenneys purchased this house in 1898 . . . Map (db m202939) HM
14 Minnesota, Blue Earth County, Mankato — Korean War1950 - 1953
In Honor of Those Who Served in the Korean War 1950 - 1953 Died 54,246 Wounded 103,284 MIA 8,177Map (db m119984) WM
15 Minnesota, Blue Earth County, Mankato — Lincoln Park
The desire to honor the memory of Mankato's Civil War dead prompted a citizens' committee headed by John Ray to purchase the triangular parcel of land in the Warren's Addition, bordered by Broad, Lincoln and Grove streets, and dominated by a . . . Map (db m66655) HM
16 Minnesota, Blue Earth County, Mankato — Maud Hart Lovelace1892-1980
Born in Mankato on April 25, 1892, Maud Palmer Hart lived in this home at 333 Center Street until 1906. In 1897 Frances "Bick" Kenney moved into the house across the street, at 332 Center Street, and the two girls became lifelong best friends. . . . Map (db m203292) HM
17 Minnesota, Blue Earth County, Mankato — Minnesota River Steamboating
Following the usual pattern of river town development, steamboating was essential for Mankato, from its founding in 1852 until the arrival of the first railroad in 1868. During the heyday of steamboating at Mankato, boats based at St. Paul . . . Map (db m129536) HM
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18 Minnesota, Blue Earth County, Mankato — Minnesota State ParksWindows on Minnesota’s Landscapes — Explore Minnesota's Prairie as Minneopa State Park —
Since the end of the last ice age, Minneopa Creek has carved a ravine through sandstone bedrock, creating a spectacular double waterfall. Sometimes roaring, sometimes just a trickle, these falls have been an attraction for hundreds of years. This . . . Map (db m231657) HM
19 Minnesota, Blue Earth County, Mankato — Native Americans — Minnesota River Valley History Walk —
Native Americans arrived in the area nearly 11,000 years ago, shortly after the glaciers receded. They lived in small, migratory, family-based groups and used plants and animals from the river valley and nearby uplands. Around 2,500 years ago, . . . Map (db m237583) HM
20 Minnesota, Blue Earth County, Mankato — Navigating the River — Minnesota River Valley History Walk —
Before the railroads and highways, the river was the best way to get goods and people to the new frontier of southern Minnesota. River transportation was much faster and easier than traveling through the dense forests that covered much of central . . . Map (db m236265) HM
21 Minnesota, Blue Earth County, Mankato — Ott Cabin
Built in 1857 in Mankato Township and was moved to this site, which was once the site of the fur trading post of Henry H. Sibley by the Blue Earth County Historical Society in 1931.Map (db m66845) HM
22 Minnesota, Blue Earth County, Mankato — Ray Erlandson Park
This Park is named in honor of Ray Erlandson, and through him, all the men and women who have served the citizens of the City of Mankato as firefighters promoting and preserving the public's safety. Ray Erlandson served as a City of Mankato . . . Map (db m120008) HM
23 Minnesota, Blue Earth County, Mankato — Seppman Mill
The Seppman wind mill produced flour until it fell victim to natural disasters and new milling technology. Construction Begins Realizing the need for a local source of flour, Louis Seppman, a stone mason by trade, began . . . Map (db m197018) HM
24 Minnesota, Blue Earth County, Mankato — Sibley Park
On October 3, 1887 the City of Mankato purchased 120 acres for $13,088 at the confluence of the Blue Earth and Minnesota Rivers to create Mankato’s first park. Sibley Park was named for Henry Hastings Sibley (later Minnesota’s first Governor) who . . . Map (db m66483) HM
25 Minnesota, Blue Earth County, Mankato — Sibley Park World War I
On Flag Day in 1926, two German 105mm howitzer field guns were dedicated at this Sibley Park site as war trophies and memorials to the sacrifice made by those who served from Blue Earth County in the First World War. These artillery pieces were . . . Map (db m66757) HM
26 Minnesota, Blue Earth County, Mankato — Sinclair Lewis House
This brick home sheltered the renowned novelist Sinclair Lewis in 1919. A native of Minnesota, Lewis worked on the famed book, "Main Street," while residing here. Lewis was the first American to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1930.Map (db m66511) HM
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27 Minnesota, Blue Earth County, Mankato — The First Mahkato Memorial Wacipi
This memorial is to honor those Dakota who created the First Mahkato Wacipi in 1972. The Wacipi is to remember the thirty-eight Dakota executed in Mankato in 1862 and to create a spirit of reconciliation between the people of Mankato and . . . Map (db m17506) HM
28 Minnesota, Blue Earth County, Mankato — The Lorin & Lulu Cray Home
The Lorin & Lulu Cray Home was given to the Young Women's Christian Association for the women and girls of Mankato and vicinity by Judge and Mrs. Lorin Cray 1927 This property has been placed on the National Register . . . Map (db m66783) HM
29 Minnesota, Blue Earth County, Mankato — The Turning Point — Minnesota Bison Conservation Herd —
Archaeology reveals the past in layers of soil here at Minneopa State Park. The artifacts below suggest that people hunted bison for thousands of years. Yet a recent turn of events removed these massive herds from daily life. Bones from slaughtered . . . Map (db m197043) HM
30 Minnesota, Blue Earth County, Mankato — Washington Park / Fourth Street Route Depot Grounds
Washington Park During the summer of 1868, the Minnesota Valley Railway Company contracted more than 500 people to grade and lay ties and tracks from Kasota to Mankato, reaching Mankato October 3, 1868. The mainline was known as the . . . Map (db m66635) HM
31 Minnesota, Blue Earth County, Mankato, South Bend Township — Former Homestead of Robert & Frieda Ulmen1950 - 1995
Robert was park superintendent from 1936 - 1939 at Minneopa State Park. He supervised the Works Progress Act (WPA) projects and planted many trees that still thrive today. Frieda operated a concession stand in the park that is now a visitor center. . . . Map (db m226147) HM
32 Minnesota, Blue Earth County, Mankato, South Bend Township — George M. Palmer1853 – 1939
As a member of the local advisory board of Minneopa State Park for many years, Mr. Palmer, in October 1927 instigated the planting of the plot of black walnut trees north of the railroadMap (db m226153) HM
 
 
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