In 1857, amidst rising tensions between Native Americans and new settlers, 13-year-old Abbie Gardner’s family was killed by men of the Dakota Indian nation. This tragedy became known as the Spirit Lake Massacre. Young Abbie was taken hostage by the Dakota band and released 84 days later. Decades after the massacre, in 1891, Abbie returned to Arnolds Park and purchased the cabin, operating it as one of Iowa’s earliest tourist attractions.
Abbie Gardner Sharp Cabin
74 Monument Dr.
Arnolds Park, Iowa
Memorial Day – Labor Day
Tuesday – Sunday: Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Labor Day – Memorial Day
Free admission. Group tours welcome.
Please schedule in advance with:
Dickinson County Conservation Board
2279 170th St.
Okoboji, IA 51355