Golden Gate

Golden Gate (HM1CH3)

Location: Sleepy Eye, MN 56085 Brown County
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N 44° 23.716', W 94° 43.533'

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??? The village of Golden Gate occupied this area for some years. The town took its name from the U.S. Post Office established in 1868 with Ebenezer Fuller in charge.

??? Construction of a water-powered grist mill on Spring Creek in 1869 by John Heimerdinger started the growth of the village.

??? Enterprising neighbors quickly provided other goods and services for customers coming to the mill. Purchases made here saved a long trip to other towns.

??? Two general stores, a blacksmith shop, a mill, the post office and a few dwellings scarcely merited the high-toned name "Golden Gate", so the pioneers used the nickname "Podunk".

??? A town hall was added and a schoolhouse built north of the creek. There was a resident preacher for a time but no church. The cemetery started just south of the village.

??? Because the railroads by-passed Golden Gate in the early 1870s the community slowly vanished. The mill ran until 1902, when it was purchased by the Sleepy Eye Milling Company. Parts of the dam, pond area, mill-race, mill foundations and the cemetery are the last visible remains of Golden Gate.

Donated by Friends and Relatives of Early Golden Gate Settlers
Brown County Historical Society - 1978 ??? ??? ??? P.W.K.
HM NumberHM1CH3
Year Placed1978
Placed ByFriends and relatives of early Golden Gate settlers and the Brown County Historical Society
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Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 12:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 362576 N 4917223
Decimal Degrees44.39526667, -94.72555000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 23.716', W 94° 43.533'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 23' 42.96" N, 94° 43' 31.98" W
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Area Code(s)507
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 29750 MN-4, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, US
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