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Wasioja, Minnesota: Seminary Ruins, Civil War Memorial and Recruiting Station

The Wasioja Seminary burned and became a ruin in 1905. The Wasioja Recruiting Station -- the first in Minnesota -- was restored in 1988. The Civil War memorial is a recent addition.

212 Ave., Wasioja, MN
The Wasioja Seminary ruins and Civil War memorial are on the southeast edge of town. From MN-16/600St. turn south onto 212 Ave. and drive three blocks. From here, the recruiting station is two blocks north and two blocks west, at the corner of MN-9/200 Ave. and 601 St.
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Civil War Recruiting Station, Seminary Ruins

Built in 1855 by Mexican War veteran James George to serve as his law office and bank, this building was converted into a Civil War recruiting station in 1861. Many of the recruits from the station served in Company C of the Second Minnesota Regiment. After the Civil War, it was used as a jail, office, storeroom, post office, and house. It is said to be the only Civil War recruiting station left standing in the state of Minnesota. Nearby, there's a Civil War memorial and ruins of a seminary from which students marched to enlist at the recruiting station.

[Janet Kubat, 03/31/2020]

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