Slaughter Slough WPA

 

 

     
 
About
 
 

Ownership

 
 
 
     
 

Links

 
 

Shetek Massacre (Red Rock Central Public Schools)

Slaughter Slough brochure (Murray County)

Slaughter Slough WPA Hiking Trail (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

 
     
 

Overview

 
 

 

 
     
 

History

 
 

On August 20, 1862, during a brief war between settlers and the Dakota Indians, three dozen settlers were discovered by the Dakota hiding in the tall grass at this site. A stone monument dedicated to the thirteen settlers and two Dakota who died in the ensuing battle was erected on the site in 1925. The name of this site recalls the nature of that event.

 
     
 

Management

 
 

The slough was drained and the upland area surrounding the slough was a cornfield until 2003. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, together with Ducks Unlimited, has been working since 2002 to restore the upland prairie and refill the slough. An information kiosk was erected in May, 2010.

 
     
 

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Location
 
 

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Size

 
 

641 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

There is a natural/grass surface parking lot with an information kiosk on the west side of 225th Ave.

N44 5.004, W95 36.793

 
         
 

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          Murray County  
          Southwest Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

A mowed trail leads a short distance from the parking area to the monument.

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

 

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Prairie Parkland Province

   
  Ecological Section    

North Central Glaciated Plains

   
  Ecological Subsection    

Coteau Moraines

   
  Land Type Association    

Slayton Moraine

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Not mapped (10/11/2021)

   
  * Source: The Minnesota Biological Survey, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological Resources      
         
 

Natural Features

     
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

slough

An undrained tract of marsh lying in a shallow depression on otherwise dry ground.

 

 

 

           
 
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USFWS Sign

 
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Information Kiosk

 
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Historical Monument

 
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Mowed Trail

 
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Prairie

 
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Slough

 
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  What was the Lake Shetek Massacre?
Colin Mustful
 
   
 
About

Sep 4, 2017

Learn more at www.colinmustful.com. Photos of Easlick family and captives from Minnesota Historical Society Collections. Map sourced from Pond Dakota Heritage Society. Information sourced from Isaac V.D. Heard, History of the Sioux War and Massacres of 1862 and 1863, (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1865). Music sourced from Apple Loops.

 

 

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9/14/2010                
 
 

Birds

 
 

Four bird species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:

Special Concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

Wilson’s Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)

 
 

eBird Field Checklist

 
  American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)      
 

Mammals

 
  whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)   whitetail deer  
 

Reptiles

 
  common garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis)   common garter snake  

 

 

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