History Park

Pathways of Shakopee History Trail Sign 1The Shakopee Heritage Society, in partnership with the City of Shakopee, 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 dating back approximately 2,000 years. The park is connected to a regional trail system and has great public exposure within the community. The trail signs will include:

  • Sign 1: “What Once Was.” Trailhead introduction to project and trail.
  • Sign 2: “Powerful Names.” Historical names and figures of the city of Shakopee.
  • Pathways of Shakopee History Trail Sign 2Sign 3: “Rollin’ Down the River 1842.” The Minnesota River was a trade corridor with steamship history.
  • Sign 4: “Betting, Booze, and Beautiful People 1920-1940.” Prohibition in Shakopee in the 1920s and 1930s.
  • Sign 5: “Traveling on the River.” History of travel on the Minnesota River.
  • Sign 6: “Stagecoaches to Shakopee.” History of the stagecoach in Shakopee.
  • Sign 7: “Faribault Springs.” Narrative of Shakopee’s three natural springs, eventually named after Oliver Faribault, a fur trader who settled in Shakopee in 1844.
  • Sign 8: “Who Else Was Here?” Men and women, including Dakota tribe, who lived in the area by 1851.
  • Sign 9: “The Ox Cart Trail to Shakopee.” Red River carts come to Shakopee.
  • Sign 10: “The Railroad to Shakopee 1865.” Railroad as a transit resource.

A kiosk will be built and located in the center of the way-finding sign system. Visitors stopping at the kiosk will be able to see by 360 degrees the direction of historic locations within the park area. A total of nine interpretive signs will be included on the kiosk and include historical information on the following topics:

  1. At Tiŋta-otoŋwe:
    • Sign 11: “Tiŋta-otoŋwe.” History on the summer planting village.
    • Sign 12: “At Tiŋta-otoŋwe: Tipi Tanka and the Women of the Mdewakanton Dakota ca. 1839.” History on the Dakota women who worked the summer planting village.
    • Sign 13: “Ŝakpe II and the Ŝakpe Dynasty.” History on the Dakota chief after whom the city of Shakopee is named.
  2. Pathways of Shakopee History Trail Sign 7At Prairie des Français:
    • Sign 14: “At Prairie des Français: The Faribault Post 1844.” History on the first trading post in Shakopee.
    • Sign 15: “Oliver Faribault and Wakan Yanke 1844.” History on the Oliver Faribault family.
    • Sign 16: “Joseph Godfrey.” History on the first African-American who was enslaved in Shakopee.
  3. At Prairieville:
    • Sign 17: “At Prairieville: The Pond Mission House 1847.” History on the first framed structure built south of the Minnesota River in the Mdewakanton Dakota territory.
    • Sign 18: “Reverend Samuel W. Pond and Cordelia Eggleston Pond and Family.” History on the Pond family and their significance to Shakopee.
    • Sign 19: “Jane Lamont Titus.” History on this Dakota Indian who was raised by Rev. Samuel W. Pond and Cordelia Eggleston Pond.

The goals of this project are to: (a) provide residents of and visitors to Shakopee a comprehensive tour of significant historic markers in and around the park; (b) connect Shakopee’s past with its present and future and (c) inform and educate the public about Shakopee’s rich historical events, diverse people, and early features. Eventually, the interpretive sign system will continue into historic downtown Shakopee.

If you’re interested in donating, please visit the donation page to donate to this project of the Shakopee Heritage Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, in partnership with the City of Shakopee.