Summer 2012

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Member Portal Upgrade 
2012 Spring Workshops 

New State GIO
State Govt IT Consolidation
Driftwatch Crop Registry
GLO Field Notes Online 
Altered Watercourse Project
Emergency Prep. Blog Update
PCA websites

GECCo Report
Spatial Hotdish

Make-A-Map Upgrade

New Ramsey Co Map Site 
Dakota Co Transport Plan 
State Monuments on Google Earth

National Elevation Assessment
Landsat 40th Anniversary

Higher Education
GISSO Job Fair Report

Other Places
Future Trends in GIS Mgmt



Minnesota State Monuments in KML
By Alan Laumeyer, MN GIS/LIS News Contributor 

Since 1873, Minnesota has established monuments to help mark and preserve significant Minnesota historic events, sites and people. The 30 monuments, memorials, tablets, markers and cenotaphs enumerated in State of Minnesota Statute 138.585 are “state monuments.” They were created between 1874, the “Captain John S. Marsh Monument” being the first, and 1984, the “Monument to the Living” being the most current. Twenty-nine monuments are built, and the “Native American State Monument” is authorized, with construction pending.

While compiling information for the Historic Places of Goodhue County, MN, I became aware of a Minnesota State Monument, Colonel William J. Colvill in Cannon Falls, Minnesota.

After further interest and research of the Minnesota State Monuments, I decided to map the 30 sites using Google Earth. An informational window with a picture and a brief summary of the site is attached to the map marker. Go on a historical adventure into Minnesota’s past with this interactive map and learn more about your state’s history. The majority of the State Monuments are related to the U.S. – Dakota War of 1862, three are for devastating forest fires, and others commemorate Minnesota pioneers, a Minnesota Civil War hero, a surveyor for a major continental geographical feature, a Minnesota governor and Minnesota soldiers. These historic monuments lead to many more questions about each individual Minnesota event.

Minnesota State Monuments KML file.

Click on the above link to download a KML with the Minnesota State Monuments. The KML can be opened inside Google Earth, and double-clicking a site entry will zoom to the location.

David Grabitske, Minnesota Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office, Manager, Outreach Services, assisted in my research for this project.

For more information about this article contact Alan Laumeyer,