Okoboji museum shares details on Spirit Lake Massacre

Museum open through Labor Day.

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OKOBOJI, Iowa — The Abbie Gardner Cabin and Historic Site, located at 74 Monument Dr., Arnolds Park, is now open for the season. Regular operating hours are from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays and Tuesdays through Fridays; and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays through Labor Day weekend.

The Abbie Gardner Cabin and Museum tells the story of the Spirit Lake Massacre and of 13-year-old Abbie Gardner, whose family was killed during the 1857 violence and who was taken captive by Inkpaduta’s Native American band.

See the original cabin on the property as well as a monument in remembrance of the deceased settlers. Visitors can also see original paintings, historic artifacts and newspaper clippings. There is a docent on site that will share knowledge of this history.

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