History Park

The Shakopee Heritage Society, in partnership with Shakopee Parks and Recreation, is excited to introduce the Pathways of Shakopee History project.

The Pathways of Shakopee History interpretive project is a way-finding sign system to educate residents and visitors on Shakopee and the surrounding region’s rich history of people, events, features, and cultural influence.

As an extension to the existing Memorial Park, the park is on the south side of County Road 101, near the Pond Mission foundation, Faribault Springs, the Faribault Trading Post, and Tiŋta-otoŋwe, a village of 600 Mdewankanton Dakota Indians. It is also the location of a Minnesota-born slave who escaped from here in 1848.

The Pathways of Shakopee History interpretive project will include historic signage along the trail, trail extensions, a cabin replica, Red River cart, a kiosk about Tiŋta-otoŋwe, Prairie des Français, and Prairieville, and an outdoor education area, to celebrate and explain the rich history of the area. The park is connected to a regional trail system and has great pubic exposure within the community. The trail signs will include:

  • What Once Was
  • Powerful Names
  • Rollin’ Down the River
  • Betting, Booze, and Beautiful People
  • Traveling on the River
  • Stagecoaches to Shakopee
  • Faribault Springs
  • Who Else Was Here?
  • The Railroad to Shakopee
  • The Ox Cart Trail

Tiŋta-otoŋwe on the Watpá Mnísota (1640-1858)

Six hundred Dakota men, women, and children lived in the village of Tiŋta-otoŋwe, in the place that later became eastern Shakopee. Around 55 tipi tanka were built in the village. Tiŋta-otoŋwe was a summer planting village that provided residents with water for drinking and bathing plant and animals for food, rich soil for gardens, and the river for transportation.

Tiŋta-otoŋwe was Ŝakpe village. The Dakota Indians lived in several pitched roof lodges made of wood and bark.

Prairie des Français on the Rivière Saint-Pierre (1844-1949)

Oliver Faribault and his wife, Wakan Yanke, moved to Prairie des Français (the French Prairie) which was the name that French Canadians called the area where Tiŋta-otoŋwe (and later Shakopee) was located.

The Faribault cabin is a single example of the French Canadian method of log house construction used in the fur trade.

Joseph Godfrey, a slave, worked on the building of the cabin. He escaped in 1848, walking 40 miles along the river to freedom.

Prairieville, Minnesota Territory on St. Peter’s River (1847-1909)

Samuel W. Pond and Cordelia Eggleston Pond moved to their Mission House in 1847. While the Dakota called the area Tiŋtaotoŋwe, Pond called it Prairieville.

Samuel worked on documenting the culture and language of the Dakota, while Cordelia took care of the children and helped the Dakota.

Jane Lamont Titus lived with the Ponds, learned English, and taught school for some of the Dakota Indians.


We are offering companies the opportunity to sponsor this city park improvement effort, with your company name and logo on various trail signs. The park improvement effort is being sponsored by the Shakopee Heritage Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, in partnership with Shakopee Parks and Recreation.

Each sponsor will be recognized according to the chart listed below. You will have the satisfaction that you have made a great investment in the economic and cultural value of the city, while publicly supporting the community of Shakopee.

Below is a list of sponsorship levels that may meet your giving ability:

$5000+ Title Level

  • Individual full size name and logo on kiosk
  • Mentioned on all marketing pieces and news releases
  • Promoted on Shakopee Heritage Society website
  • Sponsorship certificate
  • Commemorative sign replica

$2500-$4999 Platinum Level

  • Individual full-size name and logo on individual trail sign
  • Mentioned on all marketing pieces
  • Promoted on Shakopee Heritage Society website
  • Sponsorship certificate
  • Commemorative sign replica

$1000-$2499 Gold Level

  • Shared name and logo space on trail sign with one other sponsor on individual sign
  • Promoted on Shakopee Heritage Society website
  • Sponsorship certificate
  • Commemorative sign replica

$500-$999 Silver Level

  • Shared space on trail sign with four other sponsors
  • Promoted on Shakopee Heritage Society website
  • Sponsorship certificate
  • Commemorative T-shirt

$50-$499 Bronze Level

  • Listed on a plaque list
  • Promoted on Shakopee Heritage Society website

All support is welcome! Thank you for your consideration,

Shakopee Heritage Society
2109 Boulder Pointe
Shakopee, MN 55379

History Park Tentative Schematic

Learn more about the History Park.