“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers and War Memorials in St. Peter, Minnesota

Clickable Map of Nicollet 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> Nicollet County, MN (72) Blue Earth County, MN (19) Brown County, MN (85) Le Sueur County, MN (5) Renville County, MN (45) Sibley County, MN (13)  NicolletCounty(72) Nicollet County (72)  BlueEarthCounty(19) Blue Earth County (19)  BrownCounty(85) Brown County (85)  LeSueurCounty(5) Le Sueur County (5)  RenvilleCounty(45) Renville County (45)  SibleyCounty(13) Sibley County (13)
Location of St. Peter, Minnesota
    Nicollet County (72)
    Blue Earth County (19)
    Brown County (85)
    Le Sueur County (5)
    Renville County (45)
    Sibley County (13)
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1Minnesota (Nicollet County), St. Peter — "Only a Memory Now"
In 1856 a new town thrived where you are now standing. Traverse des Sioux had five taverns, two hotels, several churches, and even a brewery—some 70 buildings in all—and a population that at one time reached about 300. But . . . Map (db m75762) HM
2Minnesota (Nicollet County), St. Peter — A Minority in Their Homeland
For generations, the land stretching out around you was the homeland of the Dakota Indians. Through treaties in 1851, the Dakota sold all of their land in southern Minnesota. The treaties disregarded Dakota people's traditional decision-making . . . Map (db m71537) HM
3Minnesota (Nicollet County), St. Peter — A River Crossroad
For centuries animals and people used the solid footing and shallow water at Traverse des Sioux as a natural river crossing. In time the crossing became a place for people to meet and trade goods. European fur traders were quick to see the . . . Map (db m73945) HM
4Minnesota (Nicollet County), St. Peter — Archaeology
Archaeology is the recovery and study of material evidence, such as remainders of pottery, to help us learn about people and places of the past. In 1994 the Minnesota Historical Society conducted a survey to map and excavate the . . . Map (db m78179) HM
5Minnesota (Nicollet County), St. Peter — District 6 School
This 1.1 acre site represents the history of public education in rural United States. It was one of 68 rural school districts organized in Nicollet County. The first school building on this site was built in the early 1860's. The present . . . Map (db m120011) HM
6Minnesota (Nicollet County), St. Peter — Ecakensdonyapi
Here, for countless generations, Dakota people followed the traditional ways of their ancestors. Living close to the land, they learned how to read nature's signs and developed an intimate understanding of the habitats and growth cycles of . . . Map (db m77896) HM
7Minnesota (Nicollet County), St. Peter — Exploring the River Valley
Although European traders reached this area in 1695, it was not systematically mapped until the late 1830s. The mapmaker was Joseph Nicollet, a French astronomer and cartographer who led two government-sponsored expeditions into what is now . . . Map (db m74990) HM
8Minnesota (Nicollet County), St. Peter — Fur Trader Louis Provencalle
Because of its importance as a river crossing, Traverse des Sioux was a major distribution point for the fur trade. As early as the 1770s, the Dakota were trading here for guns, blankets, and kettles. One prominent local trader was the . . . Map (db m76158) HM
9Minnesota (Nicollet County), St. Peter — Land-Seas
Imagine standing in this spot 150 years ago. It would have looked very different than it does today. To the west (your left) was a rolling prairie — vast, nearly treeless grasslands. In the summer the prairie would be ablaze with . . . Map (db m77940) HM
10Minnesota (Nicollet County), St. Peter — Ministering to the Dakota
The Reverend Stephen Riggs and his wife, Mary, arrived at Traverse des Sioux in 1843 to establish a Protestant mission for the Dakota. He and other missionaries believed they had a duty to convert Indians to Christianity. Their efforts . . . Map (db m78112) HM
11Minnesota (Nicollet County), St. Peter — Nicollet County Veterans Memorial
This memorial is dedicated to all the men and women from Nicollet County who served their country in the military service. ——————— Donated by Mrs. Maurice (E. Luella) Anthony . . . Map (db m65956) WM
12Minnesota (Nicollet County), St. Peter — Norseland Community
In 1854 the first settlers from Norway and Sweden arrived in the area. By 1858, the village of Norseland had formed, with the Norwegians gathering for church east of town and the Swedes to the west. That year, the Burke brothers opened a . . . Map (db m120010) HM
13Minnesota (Nicollet County), St. Peter — Old Traverse Cemetery
March, 1856 – Traverse des Sioux and St. Peter organized a cemetery Assoc. purchasing 10 acres. Early Missionaries, pioneer, and Civil War Veterans are buried here. Rev. T. C. Williamson, first Missionary in this area and Rev. Stephen . . . Map (db m66414) HM
14Minnesota (Nicollet County), St. Peter — St. Peter Boat Landing
About 150 feet North of this Park was the old boat landing. Boat transportation from the earliest years of this area until the 1870's was the main source of commercial transportation. The first steamboat to come up the Minnesota River was . . . Map (db m65784) HM
15Minnesota (Nicollet County), St. Peter — The Bornemann House
First property owner was Wm. B. Dodd. Fourth property owner, Adolph Bornemann, born in Traverse des Sioux 1862. His father, Bernhard, a journalist from Germany came to Traverse des Sioux in 1856; built a hotel & raised sheep. 1869, the Bornemanns . . . Map (db m68094) HM
16Minnesota (Nicollet County), St. Peter — The Eugene St. Julien Cox House
In 1871, Eugene St. Julien Cox, a man of eccentric tastes and "great vigor of mind" built this picturesque neo-Gothic Italianate house noted for its towered cupola, small balconies, and carved eaves. Cox began his law career in 1857 and . . . Map (db m65464) HM
17Minnesota (Nicollet County), St. Peter — The Old French Cemetery
The Old French Cemetery was located south of this ravine. The earliest settlers and a few Indians were buried there until about 1850. (D. A. R. Emblem) Erected by Traverse des Sioux Chapter, . . . Map (db m66273) HM
18Minnesota (Nicollet County), St. Peter — The Rush for Land
The signing of the 1851 treaty was the signal for settlers and speculators to rush into the new territory. Here, between 1852 and 1855, several town sites were laid out for sale. The first outfit to offer land was the Traverse des Sioux . . . Map (db m75224) HM
19Minnesota (Nicollet County), St. Peter — The Treaty of Traverse des Sioux
Near this place on July 23, 1851, the Sisseton and Wahpeton bands of the Dakota sold 21 million acres of land to the federal government for $1,665,000—about 7.5 cents per acre. The Dakota, hoping to ensure a future for their children, . . . Map (db m71152) HM
20Minnesota (Nicollet County), St. Peter — Traverse des Sioux
This ancient fording place, the "Crossing of the Sioux," was on the heavily traveled trail from St. Paul and Fort Snelling to the upper Minnesota and Red River valleys. Here, on June 30, 1851, Governor Alexander Ramsey, Commissioner of Indian . . . Map (db m65557) HM
21Minnesota (Nicollet County), St. Peter — Treaty of Traverse Des Sioux
Why a Treaty? Created by the federal government in 1849, Minnesota Territory was more than twice the size of the present-day state of Minnesota, extending into the Dakotas as far as the Missouri River. But white emigrants could not . . . Map (db m168092) HM
22Minnesota (Nicollet County), St. Peter — Treaty of Traverse des Sioux Site
. . . Map (db m66310) HM
23Minnesota (Nicollet County), St. Peter — Welcome to Traverse des Sioux
On July 23, 1851, a treaty was signed here that transferred millions of acres of Dakota land to the U.S. government. The treaty also resulted in the Sisseton and Wahpeton Dakota bands' movement to reservation lands along the Minnesota River. . . . Map (db m79309) HM
Apr. 20, 2021