Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Maine Prairie Corners Historical Marker / Kimball Roadside Parking Area

Highway 15
Maine Prairie, north of Kimball

This historical marker was built in 1949 by the Minnesota Department of Highways (MHD) and Cold Spring Granite Company. It consists of a small turnoff and stone marker which commemorates a small prairie village. The beauty is its simplicity.

Text of Granite Marker
"Maine Prairie Corners"
"Here in 1856 settlers from Maine established a community that grew into a vigorous pioneer village including three churches and stores, two lodge halls, blacksmith shop, cheese factory -- all built near the site of a 2 1/2 story tamarack fort used during the Sioux outbreak of 1862."
"With the coming of the Soo Line in 1886 most buildings were moved to Kimball. The last to remain burned in 1919."
"Stearns County Historical Society and the Kimball Centennial Committee 1949."

Friday, November 21, 2014

Stage Station Historical Marker - Osakis Historical Marker - Historical View

Osakis, MN
State Highway 27

This postcard¹ is postmarked 1948. See present view of marker.

Historic Site - Osakis - Minn

Built in 1942 by the Work Projects Administration (WPA) this marker commemorates the Osakis Stage Station, a stop on the Minnesota Stage Company route between St. Cloud and Fort Ambercrombie (near Breckenridge).

¹ Personal collection

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Stage Station Historical Marker / Osakis Historical Marker

East Nokomis Street
Osakis, MN

The Stage Station Historical Marker commemorates the Osakis stagecoach stop of the mid-1800s. It is a small turnoff and marker built in 1942 by the WPA.

"Osakis Stage Station
"Osakis was one of the stops on the Burbank Minnesota Stage Company line to the Red River, established in the spring of 1859 upon the opening of the Fort Abercrombie military road. During the Sioux Outbreak of 1862 the maintenance of this line of communication was vitally important, and the route was constantly patrolled by troops." [Seals of the Minnesota Historical Society and the Minnesota Department of Highways]