The Dustin Massacre

The Dustin Massacre (HM1BOA)

Location: Howard Lake, MN 55349 Wright County
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N 45° 3.953', W 94° 6.185'

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A state of terror prevailed on the Minnesota western frontier for many months after the Sioux Uprising of 1862. Roving bands of Sioux continued to elude pursuers and attack settlers. The Dustin massacre occurred on June 29, 1863, one third mile northwest of this spot.

Amos Dustin was moving his family to a new claim in the southwestern part of Wright County. There were six in the party: Amos Dustin, his wife Kate, their three children, Alma 6, Robert 4, and Albert 2, and Dustin's widowed mother, Mrs. Jeanette Dustin. Their wagon was drawn by an ox team. A party of Indians fell upon them from ambush, shot three to death with arrows, and mortally wounded a fourth. Alma and Albert were left unharmed. The victims are buried in a cemetery at Waverly.

It has always been believed, although never proved, that the massacre was perpetrated by members of Little Crow's party who were in the vicinity at the time. Four days later Little Crow was shot and killed near Hutchinson while picking berries with a son.

Erected by Wright County Historical Society
June 29, 1963
Year Placed1963
Placed ByThe Wright County Historical Society
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Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 4:47pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 413159 N 4990861
Decimal Degrees45.06588333, -94.10308333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 3.953', W 94° 6.185'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 3' 57.18" N, 94° 6' 11.10" W
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Area Code(s)320, 763
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10478 60th St SW, Howard Lake MN 55349, US
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