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Parks and Recreation Department


Pond-Dakota Mission Park

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River Rendezvous is back in 2021! One of the finest living-history events in the Midwest returns to Pond Dakota Mission Park. Experience how Minnesotans lived, worked and played in the 1800s through story-telling and interactive, historically accurate demonstrations and reenactments. Tours of the restored 1856 Gideon and Agnes Pond House will be given throughout the day.

  • September 25 and 26, 2021
  • 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily
  • Pond Dakota Mission Park, 401 East 104th Street, Bloomington
  • Open to the public

Pond-Dakota Mission Park is the site of the historic Oak Grove Mission and the 1856 Gideon and Agnes Pond House, pictured at right. Missionaries to the Dakota Indians and farmers and ministers in Bloomington, Gideon and brother Samuel had their roots in Washington, Connecticut. Young Gideon worked as a carpenter and a farmer, and Samuel as a clothier and teacher. During the "Great Awakening," one of the 19th century spiritual revivals in America, the brothers heard the call to give their lives to God's service. Their journey led them to Minnesota in 1834 where they served as farming instructors and missionaries to Chief Cloud Man's band of Dakota Indians at Bde Maka Ska and Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. In 1843 the brothers followed Cloud Man to the Minnesota River bluff location where they founded the Oak Grove Mission.

Explore this park year-round to learn more about the life and times of Gideon and Samuel Pond, the Dakota people and the missionaries who worked with the Dakota people during the mid-nineteenth century. Step back in time at the Gideon and Agnes Pond House and see what life was like in early Bloomington.

Newsletter of the Gideon and Agnes Pond House

Dakota Language Camp


  • Every Sunday from 1 - 4 p.m.


  • Free 

Educational programs and events schedule

Please join us for one of the many fun and educational programs held in the house and park throughout the year. Check the newsletter, linked at the top of this page, for upcoming events.

The schedule is subject to change. For last-minute changes or cancellations, call the 24-hour hotline at 952-563-8878 or visit the Parks and Recreation Facebook page.


44.813166, -93.271582

401 East 104th Street

Bloomington MN, 55420

401 East 104th Street, Bloomington, MN 55420
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