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Abbie Gardner Cabin

Monument Drive, Arnolds Park, IA
+1 712-332-7248
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Iowa Frontier History in Arnolds Park

This is one of Iowa's most significant urban parks, marking the site where the Spirit Lake massacre... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Mexico City, Mexico
The site of the Sioux Massacre.

Revisited this site in Arnolds Park. Has a large memorial statue erected as well as a small museum... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Geraldton, Australia
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Monument Drive, Arnolds Park, IA
+1 712-332-7248
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Reviewed yesterday

This is one of Iowa's most significant urban parks, marking the site where the Spirit Lake massacre began. There is a small visitors center and museum next to the Gardner family cabin. The obelisk monument erected in 1894 to honor the settlers and the "rescuers,...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Revisited this site in Arnolds Park. Has a large memorial statue erected as well as a small museum and of course the original cabin and cemetery. The museum has a running story of the events that happened back in 1856 and onwards, It is quite...More

Thank dennisp859
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

In 1856 a renegade Sioux Tribe attacked several groups of settlers around West and East Okoboji and Spirit Lake, Iowa. They killed most of the people accepted for 4 women that were kidnapped. The cabin that belonged to the Gardner family can be visited at...More

Thank james R
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

If you have kids or grandkids this is a fun short visit! If they love learning take the time to share this with them

Thank Marlin L
Reviewed 10 March 2017

We wanted to see the memorial of the Gardner cabin and cemetery where my wife Dorothea Watnem is a distant relative of Abigail Gardner we were amazed with the story of Abigail and the history of the Spirit Lake Massacre and the statue they erected...More

Thank Bruce W
Reviewed 16 September 2016

I never knew about the Indian Uprising, and how the people lived around this lake and Spirit Lake. It is nice to see that they have small places like this to learn.

Thank JosieMB007
Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

This is a great educational opportunity at the lake. The movie inside the visitor center was interesting and informative. The man working was very knowledgeable.

Thank Nancy S
Reviewed 25 April 2016

Sioux Indian artifacts & Gardner log cabin that tells the story of the Spirit Lake massacre. Always someone there who knows the area well. Take the children.

1  Thank Linda E
Reviewed 14 July 2015 via mobile

In order to complete the lakes region experience, this site must be visited. The Spirit Lake massacre was not only devastating for the settlers but also for the native Americans who suffered much as a result of this invasion into their homeland, causing them to...More

Thank Roger F
Reviewed 5 July 2015

Fun place to experience the Spirit Lake Massacre on you own time. Learn how the Indians massacred the early settlers there while talking the women hostage.

1  Thank Proteeus3
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