Lake Creek Valley Area ~ Dutzow, MO
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N 38° 36.537 W 090° 59.349
15S E 675085 N 4275300
Geissen Emigration Society members picked here first, all around Dutzow, then spread; to Hermann, Augusta, Warrenton, etc.
Waymark Code: WMJVMP
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 01/04/2014
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Geo Ferret
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Marker Erected by: Boone-Duden Historical Society.
County of Lake Creek: Warren County.
Location of Lake Creek: MO-TT, ¼ mile N. of MO-94, Ambulance Station, Dutzow.

Marker Text:

Lake Creek Valley Area
Gottfried Duden, a wealthy German attorney, aware of the discontent, promoted emigration to the Lake Creek Valley Area.

1824 - Gottfried Duden along with Ludwig Eversmann, his travel companion, arrived here. They both purchased land and lived near here.

1825 - Duden began to send letters to Germany praising freedom and living conditions here.

1827 - Duden returned to Germany.

1829 - Duden's letters were published in Germany, which prompted emigration to this area.

1834 - Friedrich Muench and Paul Follenius were leaders of the Greissen Emigration Society.

1861 - Muench gained national prominence by his opposition to slavery in the United States. In this same year he was elected to the Missouri State Senate.

1867 - Muench's wine cellar was built.

1873 - The Muench family barn was built. The barn remains standing and is privately owned. The remains of the wine cellar are near the barn.

    Eversmann (1799-1858), Muench (1799-1881), and Follenius (1799-1844), all owned land in this area and
    their burial sites are on their farms.

History of Mark:
"Dutzow is an unincorporated community in southeastern Warren County, Missouri, United States. It is located on Route 94 about three miles north of Washington. Located near the Missouri River, it is one of the oldest German communities in the state. "The area aound Dutzow was originally referred to as Lake Creek by author Gottfried Duden, whose farm adjoined the early village. When Duden returned to Germany in 1827, to publish his Report on a Journey to the Western States of North America (1829), his companion Ludwig Eversmann remained in Missouri to manage Duden's properties. In 1832, the Berlin Society, a small emigration society purchased land communally. In 1833, the land was transferred to Johann Wilhelm Bock, often referred to as the Baron Von Bock, who platted the Village and announced the sale of lots in March 1834. Bock named the village for his estate on the Baltic Sea in Germany. Early streets were named for German poets.

"By the summer of 1834, many members of the Giessen Emigration Society, led by Friedrich Münch and Paul Follenius, had settled along Lake Creek as well, as the town became the social center for wealthy immigrants. Both Duden and Münch attracted Germans wanting to settle in Missouri. Thousands emigrated in just a few years, and by the Civil War, the population of Warren County was one of the most predominately German in the State. For many years, the Duden farm was considered a mecca to German immigrants, wanting to see what Duden described as a Garden of Eden firsthand in his book." ~ Wikipedia

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