Just outside of New Ulm, Minnesota, sits the Milford State Monument. I had only heard about this monument; I had never been past New Ulm on County Road 29 until Wednesday, when I had to drive to a speaking engagement in Redwood Falls.
The monument marks the Aug. 18, 1862 killing of more than 50 settlers at the beginning of the U.S.-Dakota War. The settlement of Milford no longer exists. The closest town is Essig.
My route from New Ulm to Redwood Falls. This drive was new to me, and the journey at sunset was unbelievable. I forget how flat it is once you get past New Ulm. I could literally see for miles. At one point, the town of Sleepy Eye was several miles away, but yet I could see the majestic twin spires of St. Mary’s Church. If you zoom into the map, you will see the Milford Monument about three miles outside of New Ulm, at the intersection of County Roads 29 and 11.
As this sign notes, the survivors fled to New Ulm to warn citizens there that the Dakota were on their way. If you want to know more about the war, check out this website.