Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Chief Sleepy Eye Monument
The monument is a graceful shaft of Ortonville granite, 43 feet high on a base 10 1/2 by 10 1/2 feet. The construction of this memorial has been let to the Sullivan Monument Company, of Minneapolis, and the cost will be $2,500.00. Just above the base of the shaft will be an inscription reading as follows: "Ish-tak-ha-ba (Sleepy Eye) Always a friend of the whites.”
This monument stands in a little park at the east end of the depot grounds and will always remain a reminder of a famous Indian whose good deeds will be familiar to the generations who are to come. The bones of the chief will be entombed in the foundation of the monument. Dedicated October 17th, 1902.