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Starting in the morning from the Twin Cities, St. Cloud, or Sioux Falls it’s about a 2 hour drive to Prohibition’s hometown, Granite Falls. You’ll start your tour at the Volstead House. The Volstead Act’s author, Andrew J. Volstead was mayor, lawyer and finally US Representative. His home at 163 9th Ave is a National Historic Landmark with exhibits on his family life, prohibition, and his important work on the formation of cooperative law with the Capper-Volstead Act. Tours of the house are by appointment so please call ahead – 320-564-5600 or 320-564-3743. You can find more information on the Andrew J. Volstead House website.
Granite Falls’ Prohibition Story continues with a walking tour through downtown Granite Falls. Brochures are available at the Chamber and Tourism office at 807 Prentice St. or the Chamber and Tourism website. Historic plaques featuring our Prohibition Story are on some of the buildings and more details on others are available in the brochure. Enjoy the unique fun shops downtown and on Highway 212, the Granite Grinder is a great place for lunch. Dinner at Bootlegger’s Supper Club with its prohibition theme decor is a great place to end the day. Spend the night at nearby Prairie’s Edge Casino resort where gambling is now legal.
The next day, continue your Prohibition Tour onto east Highway 212 to the Sacred Heart Museum, Sacred Heart. The museum has an exhibit on the Women’s Christian Temperance Union and prohibition in their town and nearby townships. The museum is open Tuesday afternoons year round and Friday afternoons April-December. Find more information on the Sacred Heart Museum website. From Sacred Heart, turn off Hwy 212 to County Rd. 9 which continues into Co. Rd 7, left on 430th Ave, then Grandview Ave. to Grandview Valley Winery. Enjoy a glass of wine and great pizza with beautiful views of the Minnesota River Valley.
Follow the Scenic Byway route to Redwood Falls where you can visit the State Bank building where the famous Barker Brothers gang along with Larry Devol robbed the Citizen’s State Bank of $35,000 in 1932 . More details about this bank building on the 100 block of E. 2nd St., downtown Redwood Falls are in this article of the Redwood Falls Gazette. St. Paul was a safe area during Prohibition for many gangsters, so they went out into rural Minnesota to commit crimes.
Continue on the Byway Route to New Ulm. Spend the second night in this unique German river town with many lodging choices including camping and camper cabins at Flandrau State Park. The Prohibition Story is at Schell’s Brewery. The brewery was built in 1860 in a beautiful valley location. It continued on through prohibition selling near beer, soft drinks and candy with a still in the basement to keep their sanity. Tour the beautiful grounds, see the 1885 mansion and tour the brewery in the afternoon. Hours vary according to the season, see the Schell’s Brewery schedule online.