LITTLE MINNESOTA - 47
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Posted by: DAILLFARM
N 44° 04.279 W 094° 34.251
15T E 374208 N 4880993
Quick Description: This is the 47th of 100 of the cities described in the book LITTLE MINNESOTA.
Location: Minnesota, United States
Date Posted: 6/28/2012 12:40:29 PM
Waymark Code: WMEQR0
Since 1973, all incorporated towns were declared officially to be ‘cities’ by an act of the Minnesota Legislature. Ever wonder about those ‘little cities’? This series of 100 waymarks will take you to all corners of the great state of Minnesota to visit the 100 smallest of the incorporated cities in the state. All have a great story to tell.
This is the 47th of 100 of the cities described in the book LITTLE MINNESOTA. La Salle is a city in north central Watonwan County that was platted in 1899. The city was incorporated in 1921 and is currently the home to 87 persons.
A large granite marker [N44 03 689 W094 34 158] just south of La Salle marks the spot where the Younger brothers, Cole, Bob & Jim, were captured on September 21, 1876, after the James-Younger Gang had robbed the First National Bank in Northfield. After two+ weeks of pursuit, the gang was cornered near the Watonwan River, a gun battle ensued and the Younger brothers were captured. Gang member Charlie Pitts was killed in the gun battle. Jesse & Frank James are reputed to have escaped in the swamps and high grass of the Watonwan River bottom.
Following the death of local soldiers in WWI, La Salle erected a flagpole with a plaque engraved with the names of the soldiers. It stands in the middle of the street and is missing a chunk of concrete after being struck by an elderly citizen on the way to church who was blinded by the sun.
This series of waymarks is tuned to getting people to visit these wonderful small communities before they disappear completely. To validate your ‘find’, please post a photo of you with your GPS at the coordinates and please relate a little tidbit about what you learned about the town and its people that is not in this narrative or the book. You can learn more about ‘LITTLE MINNESOTA’ by logging on to (visit link