This walk started from the City Center Hotel, a hotel and whole area that didn't exist at the time I lived here. At the beginning I walked by Reconciliation Park. I had heard of this but this was my first time I had seen it.
Mankato has the unfortunate history to be the location of the largest public execution in the United States. Thirty eight Indian men were executed here after the U.S. -Dakota War.
In the small park along the Minnesota River there are two monuments. The first looks like parchment.
Remember the innocent dead
Both Dakota and white
Victims of events that they could not control.
Remember the guilty dead
Both white and Dakota
Whom reason abandoned.
Regret the times and attitudes
That brought dishonor
To both cultures.
Respect the deeds and kindnesses
That brought honor
To both cultures.
Next to this monument is a buffalo.
The walk route took me along a street with old buildings on one side and railroad tracks and agri-industry businesses on the other.
Then I turned to the left and there was the Minnesota River.
Often this river is at flood stage when the snow melts, but the strange weather of the past year prevented that. Last summer most of the area drained by the Minnesota was experiencing a drought -- the soil went into winter very dry. The lingering winter meant the the snow melted quite late, with the frost out of the ground, and thus the melt soaked into the soil.
The walking route took me on a trail that is between the river and the flood wall.
Again I found an old Carnegie Library.
This is now used as an Art Center.
Turning a corner I found a coffee shop-- hurrah! I was ready for a coffee and had a nice bagel, too. Then I was off along residential streets, but a bit confused about the route. I ducked into the portico along the Lutheran Social Service Building in order to use the shade to help me use the GPS on my phone.
Continuing down the street I came upon this grand house.
Cray House and noted it was now in the Historic Register of Historic Places. The conical tower feature is repeated in other houses within this neighborhood.
Soon I was heading by east towards the public library. There is found a monument honoring those who served in the Korean Conflict.
I stepped into the present city library to explore a bit and found this lovely fountain.