City of Dayton
Located at the intersection of U.S. Highways 169 and 10 in Dayton Port Roadside Park
The northernmost communities within the boundary of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area are Dayton and Ramsey.
This Wayside Marker is located at the reststop on the south side of US Highway 10 in Ramsey, also called the Itasca Wayside and the Weigh Station Highway Park. The marker commemorates Itasca Village, the first settlement in Ramsey. According to the Ramsey Comprehensive management plan, “trading took place between white settlers and the Winnebago Indians as early as 1849. This trading business eventually led to settlement of the first permanent colony in 1850.” The first government wagon road was established in 1852 leading from Point Douglas (near Hastings) through Saint Paul, Saint Anthony, Anoka and beyond. A fragment of this oxcart trail remains in the western and southern portions of the rest area. Itasca Village emerged here on the banks of the Mississippi River and alongside this oxcart trail, and was named after Itasca at the headwaters of the Mississippi. Eventually buildings included the Itasca Hotel, a trading post, homes, a stage coach barn and a post office. Later a stop on the railroad was added and settlers traveled on the Mississippi to Itasca Village on the Governor Ramsey steamboat.
Currently, visitors to the rest stop enjoy breathtaking views of the Mississippi from picnic sites on the banks of the river. The rest stop is also a feature along the Great River Road.
Contact Information: Check the City of Dayton website or call 763-427-4589.