Grand Army of the Republic Hall / Litchfield's Historic Downtown

Grand Army of the Republic Hall / Litchfield's Historic Downtown (HM1CCA)

Location: Litchfield, MN 55355 Meeker County
Country: United States of America

N 45° 7.726', W 94° 31.674'

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Grand Army of the Republic Hall

This brick fortress style building across from Central Park was built in 1885 by Civil War Union soldiers to help promote veterans causes and to provide assistance to veterans and their families.

The G.A.R. Hall was the home of Frank Daggett Post 35.

This building today remains basically the same as it was when the veterans were using it.

The G.A.R. Hall contains a collection of Civil War relics and G.A.R. memorabilia.

This is the only building of its kind in the State of Minnesota.

In 1961, the Meeker County Historical Society built a museum adjacent to the G.A.R. Hall.

This museum contains important artifacts from Meeker County and its past.

Marker donated by: V.F.W. Post 2818


Litchfield's Historic Downtown

Designated "Commercial District" by the National Register of Historic Places on March 1, 1996. Buildings in this district date from circa 1882 through circa 1945.

These buildings are strongly associated with Litchfield's historic role as an agricultural trade center on the St. Paul & Pacific Railroad Line (later Great Northern Railroad).

The Litchfield Commercial Historic District is comprised of more than 40 buildings that collectively serve as an unusually intact example of a late 19th and early 20th century business district in a small Midwestern farming community.

Many of the commercial buildings in Litchfield were built with bricks manufactured locally at the "Brick Yard Farm" owned by Henry Ames and located 2 miles northeast of Litchfield.

Litchfield was named after a family of three brothers who helped finance construction of the St. Paul & Pacific Railroad through the area and in other parts of the state... E. Darwin Litchfield, Egbert E. Litchfield & Edwin C. Litchfield.

Marker donated by: American Legion Post 104
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HM NumberHM1CCA
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Placed ByV.F.W. Post 2818 and American Legion Post 104
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Date Added Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 5:06am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 379848 N 4998390
Decimal Degrees45.12876667, -94.52790000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 7.726', W 94° 31.674'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 7' 43.56" N, 94° 31' 40.44" W
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Area Code(s)320
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-49 E 3rd St, Litchfield MN 55355, US
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