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Historical Markers and War Memorials in New Ulm, Minnesota

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New Ulm is the county seat for Brown County
New Ulm is in Brown County
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      Redwood County (20)  
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1 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — 2011 Centennial of The Church of St. Mary
The Church of St. Mary was incorporated on September 26, 1911 by Archbishop John Ireland of St. Paul. The Parish included Catholics living south of Center Street in New Ulm, plus Cottonwood and Courtland Townships. Because of difficult economic . . . Map (db m74048) HM
2 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Adams Park
Christian Adam(s) was born circa 1812 in Prussia. He sailed from LeHavre, France aboard the ship Pactolus which arrived in New York City October 12, 1846. The passenger manifest listed his occupation as farmer. Petronella Keller Adam(s) was . . . Map (db m73759) HM
3 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Arbeiter Hall1873 — Historic Downtown New Ulm —
The town gained a new venue for public events in 1873 with the opening of Arbeiter Hall. The local Arbeiterverein, or Workers' Association, organized in 1871, primarily as a workers' insurance association. The two-story brick building had a . . . Map (db m67093) HM
4 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Barricading New UlmHistoric Downtown New Ulm
Following the outbreak of hostilities between the Dakota and white settlers on August 18, 1862, hundreds of people fled from nearby farms to New Ulm for safety. Quickly, Brown County Sherriff Charles Roos and Jacob Nix, a citizen with German . . . Map (db m73140) HM
5 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Boesch, Hummel, and Maltzahn Block
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m73329) HM
6 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Brown County150 Years — 1856 • 2006 —
Brown County, an historic gateway on the Minnesota River, opened the fertile prairie lands of the Great Plains to the northern hardwoods of a continental divide. The U.S. Territorial Legislature organized the county in 1856 from lands ceded by the . . . Map (db m66749) HM
7 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Brown County Bank1871 — Historic Downtown New Ulm —
The Brown County Bank is among the oldest commercial properties within the district. As the local economy recovered from the devastating effects of the Dakota Conflict, the city found itself without a bank following the demise of the First . . . Map (db m66879) HM
8 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Brown County Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to All Brown County Veterans This memorial is a lasting tribute to past, present and future veterans who served during peacetime and the following conflicts: Indian Wars 1817 - 1898 · Mexican War 1846 - 1848 · American Civil War . . . Map (db m65526) WM
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9 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Buenger Store1892, 1902 — Historic Downtown New Ulm —
This three-story building is a fine example of Queen Anne commercial architecture. The original southern section was erected in 1892 for the Buenger Furniture Store, while the corner building was constructed in 1902. Louis Buenger Sr. . . . Map (db m68117) HM
10 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Charles Eugene Flandrau
The colorful frontiersman credited with giving Minnesota the nickname of the Gopher State was born in 1828 in New York City of French Huguenot and Irish ancestry. As a young lawyer he moved to Minnesota in 1853. After exploring the Minnesota River . . . Map (db m206944) HM
11 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — City Meat Market1927 — Historic Downtown New Ulm —
Rosa Schnobrich opened the City Meat Market in 1907 with the advertising slogan, "Better Meats, Cleaner Meats, and Quicker Service." Her sausages, in particular, proved popular, and soon her shop began supplying a network of wholesale dealers . . . Map (db m68267) HM
12 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Clear Lake School1864–1971
1864 marked the beginning of District 6 (later known as 179), Sigel township's first of four school districts. The first schoolhouse was built on this site in 1868 with the purchase of 1 acre of land for $10. Civil War general Franz Sigel visited . . . Map (db m74233) HM
13 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Colonel Wilhelm Pfaender
Colonel Wilhelm Pfaender (1826-1905), born in Heilbronn, Wurttemberg, Germany, came to America as a result of the 1848 Revolution. In Germany he helped found the Turner Societies in his birth-city of Heilbronn and in Ulm. In Cincinnati, Ohio, he . . . Map (db m73673) HM
14 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Crone Store1869, 1876 — Historic Downtown New Ulm —
For years, the Crone store was the largest mercantile establishment in New Ulm. In 1857, Theodore Crone Sr. opened his general store at the corner of Broadway and Center Streets. Twelve years later, he erected this building, adding a . . . Map (db m66864) HM
15 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Dacotah House1859 • 1971 — Helena Erd Seiter • Adolph Seiter —
The Dacotah House, located on this site, was built in 1859 by Adolph Seiter and Frank Erd. Adolph's wife, Helena Erd Seiter soon established her fame in the kitchen. During the Dakota Conflict of 1862, Helena fled in a wagon with her children to . . . Map (db m66377) HM
16 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — 5 — Defenders State Monument
This monument is erected by the State of Minnesota to commemorate the battles and incidents of the Sioux Indian War of 1862, which particularly relate to the town of New Ulm. 1890. Honored be the memory of the citizens of Blue Earth, Nicollet, . . . Map (db m66990) HM WM
17 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Doughboy Monument
Lest we forget. In sacred memory of the soldiers, sailors, and marines who served their country in time of war. Erected in 1941 by Veterans of Foreign Wars U.S.A. Albert Nagel Post No 1648 and Auxiliary.Map (db m68739) WM
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18 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Erd Building1861 — Historic Downtown New Ulm —
Frank Erd and his wife, Louise, came to New Ulm from Cincinnati. Frank, whose father was an architect, erected a substantial store, one of the few brick buildings in the city. The Brown County supervisors kept their offices in Erd's building, . . . Map (db m66897) HM
19 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Father Valentine SommereisenPioneer Missionary Priest
Valentine Sommereisen was the first resident Catholic priest in three large areas of the American West: southwestern Minnesota, the Dakota Territory, and western Kansas. Born 28 May 1829 in Rouffach, Alsace, a German–speaking part of eastern . . . Map (db m74222) HM
20 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Flandrau's Charge
The second battle of New Ulm took place on August 23, 1862. About 650 Dakota Indians surrounded the town, while over 2,000 people were crowded behind a barricade. The attack began around nine in the morning and the Dakota Indians quickly encircled . . . Map (db m66402) HM
21 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Forster Building1861 — Historic Downtown New Ulm —
Frederick Forster came to the United States in 1850 and taught school in New York. He moved to New Ulm in 1858, where he continued teaching, becoming the city's postmaster in 1861. In 1860, Forster purchased this lot and the following . . . Map (db m68227) HM
22 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Forster Building
This building was one of the out-posts during the Indian massacre.Map (db m162178) HM
23 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Frederick Forster BuildingNew Ulm Historic Trail
Frederick Forster, who conducted the New Ulm Pottery here with Frances Gommel, was also the Postmaster. This building, used as a combined pottery works, Post Office and dwelling, was a very important defense outpost in 1862. During the . . . Map (db m162175) HM
24 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Gänseviertel (Goosetown)
Goosetown began forming around the flour mills, brewery, and railroad tracks circa 1870. Settlers were largely German-Bohemian Catholics of peasant stock who farmed and worked in nearby industries. Inhabitants kept geese which were free to roam, . . . Map (db m58435) HM
25 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — German–Bohemian Immigrants Monument
This monument was erected in 1991 by the German-Bohemian Heritage Society to commemorate the immigrants to this region from the German speaking western rim of present-day Czechoslovakia. They emigrated from the counties of Bischofteinitz, Mies and . . . Map (db m67030) HM
26 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Grand Hotel
The first structure built on this site was the Minnesota Haus, the first hotel in New Ulm, built in 1856 by Phillipp H. Gross. That early structure was destroyed and in 1860, on the same sight, Gross built the Union Hotel, a two and a half story . . . Map (db m67981) HM
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27 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Guardians of the Past
By the end of the fighting in New Ulm, the U.S.—Dakota War of 1862 had taken a heavy toll on the town. More than 50 settlers had been killed and 36 wounded, along with an unknown number of Dakota. In addition, at least 190 of the . . . Map (db m74136) HM
28 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Harkin Store
West Newton in 1870 was a thriving town, serving riverboat travel on the Minnesota River. It consisted of a hotel, a livery stable, a brewery, a sawmill, a wagon works, two blacksmith shops, three saloons, and many dwellings that made the town an . . . Map (db m66238) HM
29 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Herman’s Footprint
This footprint is rumored to be that of Hermann the German-possibly dating back hundreds of years. Found evidence suggests that touching the print means you'll have more fun. Being big fans of fun, the City of New Ulm declared it a public . . . Map (db m173537) HM
30 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Hermann Monument(Hermann Denkmal)
Hermann (Arminius) of the Cherusci tribe led several German tribes in battle against their Roman conquerors in 9 A.D., and defeated them in the hills of Teutoburg Forest near present Detmold. To later unified Germany, Hermann . . . Map (db m65467) HM
31 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — In Recognition of a Distinguished Career as a Player and Coach
   Stan Wilfahrt – an outstanding player for New Ulm's 1941 State Legion Champs & 1943 Brewers State Amateur Champions. He coached baseball at Cathedral High School for 1957-1978 with a 246-68 (.783) record. His teams appeared in nine state . . . Map (db m79894) HM
32 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — In Recognition of a Minnesota Coaching RecordMay 28, 1994
   On this date at Chaska, Minnesota, New Ulm High School coach James Senske recored his 510th coaching victory, a new Minnesota State High School League baseball record for wins by a coach. At the completion of the 1994 season, . . . Map (db m79913) HM
33 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Jacob Nix PlatzTo a Patriot, Soldier, Public Servant
Jacob Nix from Bingen Am Rhein in Germany was a key figure in the defense of New Ulm in 1862. Born in 1822, Nix early joined the push for a united Germany under a republican form of government. During the ill-fated 1848 Revolution, Nix served as . . . Map (db m65455) HM
34 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — John Lind Home
This home was built by John Lind in 1887 and was a significant cultural, social and political center built on a prominence above early New Ulm. Swedish born Lind came to America and Minnesota in 1867 at age thirteen. While very young he was a . . . Map (db m65399) HM
35 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Joseph A. Harman1900 – 1979 — Father of the New Ulm Park and Recreation Program —
The quality of life in New Ulm improved notably after a young teacher-coach accepted a position at New Ulm High School in 1928. During the succeeding 51 years, "Joe" Harman provided the inspiration that left this community a better place in which to . . . Map (db m66381) HM
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36 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Junior Pioneers of New Ulm and Vicinity
In the early 1870's, fourteen settlers purchased this beautiful spot located on the north bank of the Big Cottonwood River and named it Jägers Ruhe (Hunters' Rest). The objectives of this group of hunters was to preserve this property for their . . . Map (db m66087) HM
37 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Kiesling House(1861)
The Kiesling House is one of the three downtown buildings in New Ulm to survive the Dakota War of 1862. Frederick W. Kiesling, blacksmith and ferrier, had built the modest frame house ($125) the year before the outbreak of the war. In August of . . . Map (db m65497) HM
38 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Leavenworth Rescue Expedition
During the Minnesota Sioux Uprising of 1862, eighteen men left New Ulm early on the morning of August 19, and travelled westward about 20 miles along the Big Cottonwood River to the area of Leavenworth. Searching for relatives and friends, they . . . Map (db m65486) HM WM
39 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Lest We Forget
In 1914, two four-inch naval cannon barrels, each with a pyramid of balls, were placed on the courthouse grounds as a tribute to all Brown County citizens who served their nation in time of conflict. The United States Government reclaimed them in . . . Map (db m66967) HM WM
40 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — New Ulm
In 1851, leaders of the Dakota Nation signed the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux with the United States Government. This treaty opened new lands in Minnesota Territory for settlement. Two years later, German immigrants in Chicago, led by Frederick . . . Map (db m65452) HM
41 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — New Ulm's Glockenspiel
Schonlau Park, named in honor of Theodore H. and Clara K. Schonlau, is the setting for the City of New Ulm’s unique Glockenspiel. Local contributors were joined by donors from three foreign countries, 31 States, and 51 other Minnesota cities, in . . . Map (db m65492) HM
42 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Pioneer Founders of New Ulm
Frederick Beinhorn and Wilhelm Pfaender, pioneer founders of the prairie colony of New Ulm, were cut of the same cloth. Both came to America from Germany after the 1848 Revolution in Central Europe failed to unite German peoples under a new frame of . . . Map (db m65694) HM
43 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Pioneer MonumentCivil War Monument
east side In memory of our honored brave who fell in defence of The Union. north side In memory of those who fell in defence of New Ulm 1862. west side In memory of those massacred by the Indians in Brown Co. . . . Map (db m68705) WM
44 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Ravine Ambush
While crossing this ravine a recruiting party of the Civil War was ambushed by the Sioux Indians on August 18th, 1862, at the noon hour. The following were killed or mortally wounded: John Schneider • Ernest Dietrich . . . Map (db m73704) HM WM
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45 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Roebbecke Mill
On this site in 1859 Frederick Roebbecke built a seventy foot high wooden windmill for grinding corn and grain. Situated on a prominent ridge, it commanded an excellent view of the scattered settlement. Barricaded with sacks of flour and grain, the . . . Map (db m65400) HM
46 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Somsen Hitching Post
The home of Henry N. Somsen, Sr. was once located on this site. Visitors would tie their horses to this hitching post.Map (db m66706) HM
47 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — The George Kuhlman House1874    2016
In 1874, shortly after George Kuhlman arrived in New Ulm, he constructed a home on this site. The same year, he was appointed as Brown County’s Attorney to fill a one-year opening left by his predecessors death. In addition to his legal vocation, . . . Map (db m153851) HM
48 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — The Pioneers of Brown County Monument1849 • 1949
  To pay homage to the sturdy pioneers who founded the territory of Minnesota a century ago. And to express veneration for the pioneers of Brown County and members of their families who lost their lives during the Sioux War of 1862 — 1863. . . . Map (db m73642) HM WM
49 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — The Wallachei
This neighborhood dates back to the early days of New Ulm. Oral history suggests the borders shown above. The origin of the name “The Wallachei” is obscure. The most likely translation is “low land horse pasture.” Or, legend . . . Map (db m65396) HM
50 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Turner Hall
The Turner concept of developing a sound mind and body through discussion of common problems and physical exercise was conceived by Frederick Jahn of Berlin in 1811. It was an effort to strengthen German resolve against the French conqueror, . . . Map (db m65426) HM
51 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Turnverein Founding Site
Von hier 717 fuss in der Richtung des Pfeils wurde am 11ten November 1856 der New Ulmer Turnverein gegruendet. (From here, 717 feet in the direction of the arrow on the 11th of November 1856 the New Ulm Turnverein . . . Map (db m66239) HM
52 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Two Battles of New Ulm
The first news of the Sioux Uprising was brought to New Ulm at noon on August 18, 1862, by survivors of a Civil War recruiting party that had been ambushed in Milford Township. Barricades were hastily erected in a three-block area on Minnesota . . . Map (db m65402) HM
53 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — U.S. - Dakota War Memorial
In Memory of All Who Suffered U.S. - Dakota War of 1862 2012Map (db m68348) WM
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54 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — U.S. Post Office1910 — Historic Downtown New Ulm —
The federal government erected the post office building in 1910, designed by James Knox Taylor, the supervising architect of the United States Treasury. Although the city's postal service began in 1856, it had been located in rented space . . . Map (db m74074) HM
55 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Upper Minnesota River Transportation
The first river steamboat, WEST NEWTON, passed by here in 1853 going upriver with troops to lay out the site of Fort Ridgely. Two days later TIGER and CLARION followed with men and supplies. For the . . . Map (db m66383) HM
56 Minnesota, Brown County, New Ulm — Waraju Distillery
Henry A. Subilia, a native of Jean, Italy, constructed the Waraju distillery in 1861. The construction cost total of $8,000, plus $2,000 for furnishings. The building required approximately 200,000 bricks and measured 72 feet x 46 feet. It obtained . . . Map (db m153916) HM
57 Minnesota, Nicollet County, New Ulm — New Ulm SpringRoadside Parking Area
Constructed in 1939 by the National Youth Administration Designed by Arthur R. Nichols This hill, called "Old Redstone, is made of stone which is so hard that during the glacial era it caused the Minnesota River to bend and flow . . . Map (db m237364) HM
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