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  1. #16
    colmn

    Re: Places In Southern MN That May Hold Interest

    The fort is on the hillside behind gates and fences. When standing at the marker 'shown in above photo from another post I made' if you look to the right, there is a giant grass meadow between the road and the hillside that runs / intersects with the river. This area is considered 'under management of park dept' and pubic land. This would be the area I'm interested in detecting as it would have been there that any fight would have taken place 'prior to storming the ft. that is'. After SEVERAL attempts to contact the head of the county park dept, the jerk will not return my calls. Boy am I glad I pay taxes to pay this guys income. Many go to the Ft. itself, see it's locked up, and leave. No one takes a gander at the open grassy area. This area should have some finds. As well . . . I'm sure the river there will also hold some type of finds.

    As for the cache they buried. . . I don't think the property owner is going to find it on the Ft. site. They took it off site to hide it 'which only makes sense'. The old route of the river in the hills just to the south of there should hold the key in finding this bounty.

  2. #17

    Jun 2004
    Tucson, AZ
    White's DFX (2)
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    Re: Places In Southern MN That May Hold Interest

    Reference: United States Treasure Atlas Volume 5 (1985)
    GT = Ghost Town, RR= Railroad
    The following are in WINONA COUNTY.

    GT: Beaver, 9 mi E of Plainview
    GT: Bethany, 7 mi W Stockton
    GT: Homer, on RR, 5 mi SE Winona
    GT: LaMoille, on RR, 10 mi SE Winona
    GT: Pickwick, 2 mi SW of GT LaMoille
    GT: Fremont, 5 mi. SSW Lewiston
    GT: Wyattville, 8 1/2 mi N of Rushford
    GT: Wilson, 6 mi S of Winona
    GT: Centerville, 15 mi W of Dakota
    GT: Witoka, 14 mi W of Dakota
    GT: Ridgeway, 11 mi W of Dakota
    GT: Hart 4 mi N of Rushford
    GT: Nodine, 4 mi W of Dakota
    GT: New Hartford, 7 mi WSW Dakota
    GT: Dresbach, on RR, 1 mi SE of Dakota
    Any day detecting is a GOOD day !

  3. #18

    Jun 2004
    Tucson, AZ
    White's DFX (2)
    207
    31 times

    Re: Places In Southern MN That May Hold Interest

    Rushmore98:
    If you want to go across the river to Buffalo County, Wisconsin and with a little research you might find some interesting locations. There are 15 Ghost Towns listed and only 6 of them can be located on today's maps.
    Here are the ones that are still on present day atlas.

    GT: Misha Mokwa, 3 mi NE of Nelson
    GT: Trevine on W county line, 3 1/2 mi W of Nelson
    GT: Praag, 3 mi N of Cream
    GT: Montana, 3 mi NNE Waumandee.
    GT: Herold, 2 1/2 mi E of Alma
    GT: Marshland on SE county line, 5 mi W of Centerville.

    Those listed that I couldn't locate on present day atlas.
    GT: Savoy on W County Line, 2 mi SW of Maxville
    GT: Norden on NE county line, 5 mi N of Lookout.
    GT: Whelan, 4 mi S of Gilmanton.
    GT: Regli, 6 mi NNE Waumandee
    GT: Theisen on E county line, 7 mi NE of Independence
    GT: Anchorage 2 1/2 mi S of Cream.
    GT: Glencoe on E county line, 3 mi WNW of Arcadia
    GT: Kinley 5 mi W Arcadia

    A visit to the Buffalo County Historical Society (located at Alma) might give some insight to these locations.
    Any day detecting is a GOOD day !

  4. #19
    us
    Mar 2005
    Central Minnesota
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    Re: Places In Southern MN That May Hold Interest

    VERY INTERESTING GUYS! Melnatcat
    Someday my boat will come in...right now it's in somebody else's dock!

  5. #20

    Jun 2004
    Tucson, AZ
    White's DFX (2)
    207
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    Re: Places In Southern MN That May Hold Interest

    Hey, Shirl (Melnatcat) here are some tips for Morrison County.

    GT: Lincoln on County Line and RR, 8 mi S. of Motley
    Hwy 10 & Lincoln Beach Road
    GT: Cushing on Hwy 10 and RR at 260th St, 6 mi NW of Randall
    GT: Darling Switch, on RR 5 mi SE of Randall. Hwy 10 and Eva Lane
    GT: Freedhem 7 1/2 mi W. of Lastrup 203rd St at Jewel Road
    GT: Gregory on RR, 2 1/2 mi SE Little Falls. Hwy 10 & 123rd St.
    GT: North Prairie 2 1/2 mi SE of Bowlus, 150th St & Great River Rd.
    GT: Little Rock 4 1/2 mi S of Buckman, Hwy 25 and Nature Road
    GT: Morrill 16 1/2 mi E of Royalton, 330th St and Nature Road
    GT: Ramey 2 mi E. of GT Morrill, 345th St and Nature Road
    FT: Fort Ripley aka Fort Gaines, on the W bank of the Mississippi
    River. 7 mi above mouth of Crow Wing River and opposite the mouth
    of the Nokay River near the town of Fort Ripley. In use from 1849-1877
    GT: Camp Ripley Junction 7 mi S. of Fort Ripley. Intersection of
    Hwy 371 & Hwy 115 and 213th St.
    Any day detecting is a GOOD day !

  6. #21
    us
    Mar 2005
    Central Minnesota
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    Re: Places In Southern MN That May Hold Interest

    Thanks for the info Butch! I'll check into some of the spots and let you know what I find out! Melnatcat
    Someday my boat will come in...right now it's in somebody else's dock!

  7. #22
    el_gral

    Re: Places In Southern MN That May Hold Interest

    A few spots ive visited that look good would be Lower Sioux Agency on the Minnesota River & Fort Renville location a few miles north of Montevideo. I read the state closed Lower Sioux Agency a couple years back does anyone know if it has been reopened? I think these places might be worth a trip, if Md'ing is allowed in these areas because there both on State land if im not mistaken.

  8. #23

    Jan 2007
    S.W. MN
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    Re: Places In Southern MN That May Hold Interest

    Quote Originally Posted by el_gral
    A few spots ive visited that look good would be Lower Sioux Agency on the Minnesota River & Fort Renville location a few miles north of Montevideo. I read the state closed Lower Sioux Agency a couple years back does anyone know if it has been reopened? I think these places might be worth a trip, if Md'ing is allowed in these areas because there both on State land if im not mistaken.
    I know that thtey wont let us ride our ATV's in the river bottom by Renville and Granite Falls anymore, both are close, if not in, the lower sioux agency. As for MD'ing there, I haven't looked into it but I am betting that they would put the nix on that as well. I have found a lot of abandoned farms prospects around here, but still haven't gotten permission to hunt them so obviously I haven't. I am still looking for somewhere new to hunt, I need some new scenery besides parks and boat ramps

  9. #24

    Jun 2004
    Tucson, AZ
    White's DFX (2)
    207
    31 times

    Re: Places In Southern MN That May Hold Interest

    The Upper Sioux Community is along Hwy 67 SW of Granite Falls in the vicinity of the old "Firefly" Casino, which was moved away from the river up on the prairie plateau due to river flooding in the spring. Now called Prairie's Edge Casino. The Upper Sioux Agency State Park is about 5 mi furth SW on Hwy 67 in the vicinity of where Hawk Creek and the Yellow Medicine River feed into the Minnesota River near the Echo Bridge. The Lower Sioux Agency is across the Minnesota River from Morton, Minnesota and where Jackpot Junction Casino is located. Morton is in Renville County, but the casino and Lower Sioux Agency are in Redwood County.
    Any day detecting is a GOOD day !

  10. #25
    el_gral

    Re: Places In Southern MN That May Hold Interest

    Quote Originally Posted by el_gral
    A few spots ive visited that look good would be Lower Sioux Agency on the Minnesota River & Fort Renville location a few miles north of Montevideo. I read the state closed Lower Sioux Agency a couple years back does anyone know if it has been reopened? I think these places might be worth a trip, if Md'ing is allowed in these areas because there both on State land if im not mistaken.
    I would like to answer my own question, Yes lower Sioux Agency has been reopened.

    From Minnesota Public Radio:

    Historic sites reopen
    by Mark Steil, Minnesota Public Radio
    April 26, 2006
    Listen to feature audio
    Several Minnesota historic sites are getting ready to reopen full time this summer, after three years of uncertainty. The state ended funding of the sites in 2003. Last year the Legislature reversed itself and restored the money. Despite the cuts, most of the sites managed to stay open on reduced schedules. Only the Lower Sioux Agency near Morton closed its doors.


  11. #26

    Nov 2007
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    Re: Places In Southern MN That May Hold Interest

    HI all. Colmn.............just thought I would add this. You mention gold prospecting and mines near Rainy River. In past years while looking for antique equipment in that area, and smaller towns into canada north of Int. Falls, I came across several old gold mine sites. Some on private property. I am going to return this summer to a couple of them, not so much as to hunt for gold ore. Two sites I know of on private property also had houseing for the workers that worked there. I know that niether has been active for more than 40 years. I can imagine what one might find in older coins or other items there? If you are not into canadian coinage, it may not be site for you. However coins etc may be found of english variety..............and these may include some interesting silver pieces, or? At the least, its a different place to hunt.

  12. #27
    us
    May 2017
    Mankato, MN
    Teknetics Delta 4000
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    Quote Originally Posted by colmn View Post
    Another item added into the mix. I wwent out to check out the historic marker. Yes, it denotes the site of a Ft. BUT. . . the Ft. it is talking about is Ft. Lehillier, not Ft. Lincoln. I'm still under the impression that Ft. Lincoln was out close to the Red Jacket bridge. In all. . . I think the area just south of Mankato could be very interesting hunting grounds.

    Ft. Lehillier was built in 1700 by a french fur trader, Pierre Charles Le Sueur. They spent one winter there. Below is photo of the plaque. The 1926 date on the plaque is there as this was the date the marker was erected. Like mentioned in the other post above, there is a fence in the treeline just above the marker and a few homes inside the fence on the hillside. This area is very close to the Blue Earth River "100 +/- yards". The plaque faces a hillside, but there is a vast open meadow which I think the Ft. was located on. I think they may have placed the plaque there as so it can be close to the roadway. I will be contacting the property owners to see about options on hunting this meadow and the water line close to the river. It could hold interesting hunting as the river is very low. I'm not sure if / how much hunting has been done here but can say that this seams to be a somewhat of a hidden gem "so to speak".
    I was just wondering if this site is still active and if you had any luck detecting around this area?

 

 
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