Otter Tail 150 Coffee Klatch features Parkers Prairie


The Otter Tail County Historical Society's Otter Tail 150 Coffee Klatch series continues on Friday, March 9 beginning at 10 a.m. with Kelly Mesker's presentation on Parkers Prairie.

Parkers Prairie is the third oldest permanent settlement in Otter Tail County. Two government surveyors set out from Osakis in the fall of 1867 to blaze a trail to Otter Tail City. After days of trudging through swamps and marshes, they came upon a stretch of prairie. They also encountered a lake and being modest young men named the lake and prairie after themselves.

For a number of years Mesker taught a class on local history. For each class students completed a research project on some aspect of Parkers Prairie area history. The result has been a treasure trove of community stories.

Celebrate the county's history by attending the Otter Tail 150 Coffee Klatch.

For more information call OTCHS at (218)736-6038.