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A walk through history

Post Date:03/28/2019 11:00 am

Take a stroll through Shakopee history on the new interpretive trail at Memorial Park.

Pathways of Shakopee’s History is a unique project designed to educate residents and visitors on Shakopee’s rich history of people, events, features and cultural influences dating back to the late 1600s. 

Trail sign with river and bench in backgroundPathways includes 10 interpretive signs along the Mill Pond Channel in the west end of the park. The signs highlight aspects of Shakopee’s history, such as the land before the city was founded, the significance of Faribault Springs, agriculture along the Minnesota River and various modes of transportation into Shakopee (e.g., ox carts, stagecoaches, steamboats). 

The project was spearheaded by the Shakopee Heritage Society in coordination with the city. The signs lead up to the historic foundation of Rev. Samuel Pond’s family cabin, the first framed structure built south of the Minnesota River in the Mdewakanton Dakota territory. 

"Learning about the past helps us now, as people in Shakopee, [learn]  how people, whether they speak Spanish, Somalian, English or many other languages, can work together for our town," said committee member David Schleper. "And that is why the Pathways of Shakopee History trail signs help tell our story."

This spring, a centralized kiosk with nine signs will be installed, concentrating on three specific topics: the Mdewakanton Dakota - Tiŋta-otoŋwe, the Dakota Indian summer planting village; Prairie des Français, the Faribault Trading Post and the Faribault family; and Prairieville, the Pond family and mission.

You can find the trail at Memorial Park, 1801 County Highway 101.

This story originally appeared in the Spring 2019 Hometown Messenger.

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