This Park In Minnesota Has A Dark History That Will Never Be Forgotten

Overall, Minnesota is pretty great. We have stunning natural beauty, great people, and a healthy economy. But even the Land of 10,000 Lakes has a dark side. There are few places in Minnesota with a dark history due to horrible events that happened there. Today we go back to December 26, 1862, to the largest mass execution in American history. This event was the result of an ongoing conflict between the U.S. government and Native American people that still affects the country today.

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Though nothing remains of the execution today, its location serves as a reminder of a dark part of Minnesota – and American – history that we would do well to remember. If you’re interested in even more Minnesota history, take a look at these 12 photos that show Minnesota’s mining history like never before.