The Tragedy Milton Lott

The Tragedy Milton Lott (HM1NAP)

Location: Boone, IA 50036 Boone County
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N 42° 5.2542', W 93° 56.355'

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Milton Lott, a 12 year old boy who was the first recorded death of a white person in Boone County, Iowa. But more important is that Milton Lott's death was the start of a sequence of events that lead to the Spirit Lake Massacre which took place in the Iowa Geat Lakes area located in Northern Iowa. Back in the 1800's the entire region was known as Spirit Lake whereas to day the Iowa Great Lakes is made up of a series of lakes with the largest three being West Lake Okoboji, East Okoboji and Spirit Lake.

Milton's father, Henry Lott, was not popular with the local Indians because he was know to steal their horses, sell them bad whiskey and old rotten meat. One winter day Chief Sidominadotah, brother of Inkpaduta, lead his band of Sioux on a raid of the Lott Cabin located north of Boone, IA on the Des Moines River. Milton Lott was sent out to round up all of the horses but in a panic headed south down the Des Moines River where he was later found frozen to death. When found by his Father and other local volunteers, they placed him in a hollow log along the river bank. They returned to the location in early spring and buried young Milton in a grave next to the river.

Today Milton Lott's grave can be found in the same spot he was buried. In November 1905 the Madrid Historical Society placed a marker at the site located Leaf Road. The GPS coordenates are N42.08757° W93.93925° (Note: Most maps show Mr Lotts grave in a grove of trees on the other side of the gravel road these coordinates are accurate)
Historical Period18th Century
Historical PlaceCemetery
Marker TypeOther
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleFree Standing
Year Placed1905
Placed ByMadrid Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 at 6:54pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
Directions InformationOn the North side of Boone take E26 West and immediately after you cross the Des Moines River take a right on Leaf Road (gravel). The marker is easily visible on the right side as you drive north.
Location DescriptionLocated on a gravel road which is well maintained. Must park along side of road, no parking lot. Located between gravel road and river embankment.
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 422319 N 4659925
Decimal Degrees42.08757000, -93.93925000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 5.2542', W 93° 56.355'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 5' 15.2520" N, 93° 56' 21.3000" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)515
Can be seen from road?Yes
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 836-844 Leaf Rd, Boone IA 50036, US
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