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Address: Monument Drive, Arnolds Park, IA
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+1 712-332-7248

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Great History Behind This Cabin

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.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 September 2016
Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles 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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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.

Thank Linda E
Spirit Lake, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 fight back, as any of us would if OUR homes and way of life were... More 

Thank Roger F
Des Moines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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
Milford, Iowa, United States
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2015

Visit the old log cabin and visitor center to learn of years gone by at Lake Okoboji. Very nice displays.

Thank Bonnie Garth N
Ocheyedan, Iowa
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197 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2015

This is a very old site! Free and a great little place for your kids or grandkids to spend some time learning about yesterday's heros!

1 Thank Marlin L
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55 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2014

This is a small little stop with a lot of history.Actual massacre site from the sioux indians.There are burial plots and the cabin looks as it did many years ago.

Thank funinthesun91
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48 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2013

We stay in the area for a week and visiting the Abbie Gardner site is a nice time away from the beach and lake. Take the time to read about the event first and then visit the site. The site is almost scary; spooky.

1 Thank PSlowder
Arnolds Park, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2013

This is the original cabin that Abby Gardner Sharp lived in during the middle 1800's. This is one of the cabins that was part of the Spirit Lake Massacre during which her family were killed and she was taken captive by Indians. The short film of the event is a must see as it brings into focus the conditions existing... More 

Thank joan2000

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