The Rush for Land

The Rush for Land (HM1F90)

Location: St. Peter, MN 56082 Nicollet County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 21.102', W 93° 57.079'

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The signing of the 1851 treaty was the signal for settlers and speculators to rush into the new territory.

Here, between 1852 and 1855, several town sites were laid out for sale. The first outfit to offer land was the Traverse des Sioux Land Company, with politician Henry M. Rice as president. The land certificate pictured here, and many others, were printed before the U.S. government granted official permission to settle.

"Before that we really had no business to occupy these lands"

Edward Drew came to Minnesota in 1852 and settled in Winona County. He later recalled this time, when settlers were hungry for land and impatient with legalities: "I think it was along in June (1852) when we heard that the treaty with the Indians had been ratified by Congress.... It was a great relief. Before that we really had no business to occupy these lands. The Indians knew it very well and had (been) bothered a great deal."

Minnesota Historical Society

Traverse des Sioux
HM NumberHM1F90
Placed ByThe Minnesota Historical Society
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Date Added Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 7:03am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 424180 N 4911376
Decimal Degrees44.35170000, -93.95131667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 21.102', W 93° 57.079'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 21' 6.12" N, 93° 57' 4.74" W
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Area Code(s)507, 651
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 76 N Minnesota Ave, St. Peter MN 56082, US
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