Kiesling House

Kiesling House (HM18J8)

Location: New Ulm, MN 56073 Brown County
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N 44° 18.96', W 94° 27.674'

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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 1862 New Ulm defenders marked the Kiesling House for torching in the event that the Dakota attack broke through the downtown barriers. The downtown defenses held even though the city lost about 75% of the buildings to fire.

In 1970 the family-owned residence was purchased for preservation and donated to the City of New Ulm by Dr/Mrs T.R. Fritsche, Mr/Mrs T.H. Schonlau, and Mr/Mrs Henry Somsen. Restoration monies came from donations as well as state and federal grants. Set in a small park-like square, the Kiesling House is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places (1972). For five years it housed the offices of the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce, and presently is home to the Council for the Arts New Ulm (CANU).

Marker Erected in 2002
To Commemorate the 140th Anniversary of the Dakota War
by the City of New Ulm and the Junior Pioneers
of New Ulm and Vicinity.
HM NumberHM18J8
Year Placed2002
Placed ByThe City of New Ulm and and the Junior Pioneers of New Ulm and Vicinity
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 6:50am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 383470 N 4908009
Decimal Degrees44.31600000, -94.46123333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 18.96', W 94° 27.674'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 18' 57.60" N, 94° 27' 40.44" W
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Area Code(s)507
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 224 N Minnesota St, New Ulm MN 56073, US
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