Camp Release State Monument

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Camp Release State Monument
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Camp Release State Monument
Camp Release State Monument is located in Minnesota
Camp Release State Monument
Camp Release State Monument is located in the US
Camp Release State Monument
Nearest cityMontevideo, Minnesota
Coordinates44°56′8″N 95°44′50″W / 44.93556°N 95.74722°W / 44.93556; -95.74722Coordinates: 44°56′8″N 95°44′50″W / 44.93556°N 95.74722°W / 44.93556; -95.74722
NRHP reference #73000981[1]
Added to NRHPMarch 14, 1973

Camp Release State Monument is located on the edge of Montevideo, Minnesota, United States, just off Highway 212. The Camp Release Monument stands as a reminder of Minnesota's early state history. The Minnesota River Valley and Montevideo were important sites in the Dakota War of 1862. In the fall of 1862, the Dakota tribes surrendered to Colonel Henry Hastings Sibley on a bluff overlooking the valley and the present-day site of Montevideo. The monument was the first property added to the state park system and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

The monument is located in the 6-acre Camp Release State Memorial Wayside.[2]

Camp Release dedication[edit]

The Camp Release Monument was dedicated on July 4, 1894, commemorating the release of 269 European-American captives and the surrender of about 1200 Dakota people at the end of the conflict. The four faces of the 51-foot granite monument are inscribed with information about the battles that took place along the Minnesota River during the conflict, the surrender of the Dakota bands, and the design and construction of the monument.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2006-03-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ MNDOT Historic Roadside Development Structures Inventory, Department of Transportation
Camp Release Granite Spire Monument (circa 1900)
Camp Release Monument (circa 1900)