New historic marker in La Crescent educates about hunting grounds, land surveys

LA CRESCENT, MN (WKBT) – There’s a new historic marker in La Crescent.

The La Crescent Area Historical Society unveiled a marker of the northeast corner of the Neutral Ground, which was a large area of land that separated hunting grounds of local tribes.

Visitors can learn about the neutral ground, as well as the first surveys done by the U.S. government.

“To survey the land as many miles as they had to go, all the way down into Iowa and back up to La Crescent, that was a pretty big trek,” said Mary McLaughlin, a volunteer for the La Crescent Area Historical Society.

You can find the marker on the Wagon Wheel Trail, between the West Channel Bridge and the Swing Bridge.

The project was funded by the Minnesota Historical Society.