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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Willmar, Minnesota
Location of Willmar, Minnesota
► Kandiyohi County (50) ► Chippewa County (1) ► Meeker County (21) ► Pope County (2) ► Renville County (45) ► Stearns County (27) ► Swift County (1)
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This Indian image first became part of Willmar in 1915, when it appeared as the Kandiyohi County Bank symbol. That same year, artist Eben E. Lawson, commissioned by the bank, created "Kandiyohi," a smaller sculpture which was the basis for this . . . — — Map (db m76191) HM|
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The agricultural land of the Willmar region has a history that dates back 60 million years, when an inland sea covered the Great Plains from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean. As the adjacent land eroded and life in the sea flourished, . . . — — Map (db m75844) HM|
This mountain type locomotive survivor of the steam engines acquired by the Great Northern Railway to speed up main-line passenger service was placed on permanent exhibition here on October 17, 1965.
A powerful and speedy . . . — — Map (db m76363) HM|
This monument has been placed to honor Guri Endresen-Rosseland and other early settlers of the Solomon Lake community. The settlers were predominately immigrants from Hardanger, Norway. Among the special characteristics of these pioneers were . . . — — Map (db m75661) HM|
|In May 1859, Olof Olson Haugen, his wife Bergeret, and son Frederick homesteaded here in section 32, Dovre Township. Over the next three years, the Haugen family diligently worked to establish their new life; building shelter, raising crops and . . . — — Map (db m77735) HM|
The first native Americans came to what is now Kandiyohi County about 10,000 years ago, to hunt mammoths and other huge prehistoric animals.
As the environment changed over the years, so did the Indians. They became less dependent on . . . — — Map (db m76235) HM|
|Robbins Island was formed about 25,000 years ago during the Wisconsin glaciation period. Early people used it as a refuge from prairie fires and their enemies. Artifacts, including a copper projectile point about 3 thousand years old, have been . . . — — Map (db m76867) HM|
|Turning Back Time
The wetland before you is only a small part of the Weber Waterfowl Production Area; this original 80 acre site was bought from Regina and Anthony Weber in 1965. Additional land was purchased between 1970-74. This 421 acre . . . — — Map (db m77714) HM|
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|Sponsored and Erected
By Austin F. Hanscom Post 167
The American Legion
In grateful remembrance of those who have died serving our country in war, and in honor of all others who have served in our armed forces. May their . . . — — Map (db m76412) WM|
|In the fall of 1856, a party of land speculators, organized by Edwin Whitefield, projected a town site on the west shore of Lake Wakanda. As a real estate agent and artist, Whitefield did much to impress the merits of the Minnesota frontier upon . . . — — Map (db m79336) HM|