Wheeler Lake Camp

Wheeler Lake Camp (HM1GQK)

Location: Atwater, MN 56209 Kandiyohi County
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Country: United States of America
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N 45° 10.443', W 94° 47.528'

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After fighting a running battle with the Dakota on August 20, 1862 at Diamond Lake, two groups of refugees from Spicer and Eagle Lake camped here at Wheeler's Lake. The Dakota camped across the lake from them. There were no disturbances during the night. When the refugees left the next morning, the Dakota followed and attacked the vulnerable train of oxcarts about three miles to the southeast of this site. Andreas Lorentson and Sven Backlund stayed behind the main body of the refugee party to protect their cattle, Dakota warriors killed Lorentson and Backlund in their attempt to seize the cattle. Silas Foot and William Kouts counterattacked the Dakota, wounding one of them, and compelling the Dakota to retreat.

This project has been financed in part with funds provided by

the State of Minnesota through the Minnesota Historical Society from the Arts and

Cultural Heritage Fund and the Kandiyohi County Historical Society.
Series This marker is part of the Minnesota Historical Society series
Placed ByThe Minnesota Historical Society and the Kandiyohi County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 10:26pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees45.17405000, -94.79213333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 10.443', W 94° 47.528'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 10' 26.58" N, 94° 47' 31.68" W
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Area Code(s)320
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4581-5051 180th St NE, Atwater MN 56209, US
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