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Abbie Gardner Cabin

Monument Drive, Arnolds Park, IA
+1 712-332-7248
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Worth visiting to get a history of the area.

They an have an excellent presentation regarding the history although it naturally leans in the... read more

Reviewed 20 September 2017
Spirit Lake, Iowa
Important historical site for regional history

The Abbie Gardner cabin, neighboring museum and historical monument are tucked away in a city park... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2017
Kansas City, Missouri
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Monument Drive, Arnolds Park, IA
+1 712-332-7248
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Reviewed 20 September 2017

They an have an excellent presentation regarding the history although it naturally leans in the politically correct direction. Great for both adults and children.

Thank Iowegian-Viking
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

The Abbie Gardner cabin, neighboring museum and historical monument are tucked away in a city park setting a short distance from Arnold's Park. Visitors learn the history of the Spirit Lake Massacre in which many of the earliest white settlers in this area were killed...More

Thank Bookmom17
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

I like to understand what the "spirit" of a place is, and hidden amongst many cottages is about a block green space that recounts the Spirit Lake Massacre . The information building is closed on Monday but the monuments and actual cottage have you close...More

Thank pattihoman5
Reviewed 26 July 2017

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

1  Thank VivaMexicoLiz
Reviewed 10 July 2017

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 26 June 2017 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

1  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
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