Spirit Lake Massacre Monument

Spirit Lake Massacre Monument (HM1L64)

Location: Arnolds Park, IA 51331 Dickinson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 21.892', W 95° 8.405'

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Gardner Cabin

(Side One:)
The pioneer settlers named below were massacred by Sioux Indians March 8 to 13 1857. This barbarous work was commenced near this spot and continued to Springfield now Jackson Minn.
39 names listed below
(Side two)

Miss Abbie Gardner. Mrs. Margaret Ann Marble. Mrs. Lydia Noble. and Mrs. Elizabeth Thatcher were carried into captivity. Mrs. Marble war rescued May 21, and Miss Gardner June 23, 1857.
Through the efforts of Gov. Sam Medary and Hon. Chas. E. Flandrau. of Minn.
Mrs. Noble and Mrs. Thatcher were murdered by the Indians.
Cap. J. C. Johnson of Webster City and Wm. E. Burkholder of Fort Dodge were frozen to death on the return march in Palo Alto CO. April 4, 1857.
Next list is of people who were rescued.
HM NumberHM1L64
Historical Period19th Century, 18th Century
Historical PlaceMonument, Fort, Cemetery, Battlefield
Marker TypeMemorial
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleFree Standing
Year Placed1894
Placed ByCity of ArnoldsPark
Marker Condition
9 out of 10 (1 reports)
Date Added Thursday, June 18th, 2015 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
Directions InformationI-90 exit 64. South on Hwy 86 for 22 miles. Turn left (north) onto US Hwy 71 for one mile. Bear left onto Okoboji Grove Rd. Drive four blocks, veer right, then immediately turn left onto Circle Drive. The Monument will be on the right, in the trees
Location DescriptionLocated west of Historic Arnolds Park at 2 Circle Drive, Arnolds Park, IA
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 326598 N 4803558
Decimal Degrees43.36486667, -95.14008333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 21.892', W 95° 8.405'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 21' 53.5200" N, 95° 8' 24.3000" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)712
Can be seen from road?Yes
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 31-57 Monument Dr, Arnolds Park IA 51331, US
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There is also a small but very informative museum on the site and I high recommend that stop in. What is unique about the Spirit Lake Massacre is that the incident that put every thing into motion took place just north of Boone, Iowa on the Des Moines River. I have been researching the SLM for a number of years now so I plan on adding about 15 markers that have a direct relationship to the SLM.

Aug 25, 2015 at 9:43am PDT by bob fleege

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