They were met at the site by Andru Peters, who recently authored a book, History of Camp Lakeview Natural Guard Training Camp, that was formerly located on this spot.
The camp was built as a military training ground in 1881 and was in use until 1931. The soldiers who trained there eventually became the MN National Guard. This camp was used for weekly training from May until September.
The old warehouses were used to store tents, etc. for the troops who arrived each week. As many as 800 -1,000 troops would be trained there each week.
There were 6 hotels in Lake City on Washington Ave. where the families of the troops would come down to stay and enjoy Lake City and Lake Pepin while the soldiers were in training.
Andru kept the group entertained while he gave the background of this important piece of Lake City and the State of Minnesota.
A reminder that the Lake City Public Library has Andru Peters scheduled to do two book presentations and book signing event & 2:00 PM on Tue, Oct 10 and Oct 17, 2023.
Andru invited WLP members to contact him to discuss the book with books being available for $55 locally or order from Dorrance Publishing, Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble stores for $76.
The WLP walkers met for their final group walk of the season Wednesday August 16 in Wabasha for a walk on the river front from Rotary Park to the Eagle Center.
Re-cap of the WLP season in next weeks LC Graphic.