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)