Sites Along the Byway: Browns Valley to Ortonville

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Continental Divide

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The city of Browns Valley is located along the Laurentian Continental Divide, a small rise in the land which influences whether water flows north to the Hudson or south to the Gulf of Mexico.

W Broadway Ave.
Browns Valley, MN 56219
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Natural History

Samuel J. Brown Memorial Park

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A historic cabin where you can learn about Browns Valley’s history.

W Broadway Ave.
Browns Valley, MN 56219
320-695-2608
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Wadsworth Trail Marker

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An original pioneer trail blazed in 1864 stretching from St. Cloud to Ft. Sisseton, South Dakota.

W Broadway Ave.
Browns Valley, MN 56219
Discovery Site, Interpretation, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Browns Valley Man

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Uncovered in 1933, experts named the bone fragments “Browns Valley Man” and estimated it to be 9,000 years old.

TH 28/7 E
Browns Valley, MN 56219
Discovery Site, Interpretation

Big Stone Lake State Park

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Big Stone Lake Park brown sign

Nestled on the shores of Big Stone Lake, or Bde Iŋyaŋ Takiŋyaŋyaŋ, this state park offers visitors a quiet camping experience complete with fishing, swimming, hiking and bird watching.

35889 E Meadowbrook
Ortonville, MN 56278
320-839-3663
Biking, Birding/Wildlife, Camping, Destination, Fishing/Hunting, Geocaching, Hiking/Skiing, Interpretation, Natural History, Paddling

Big Stone County Museum

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Big Stone County Museum-birds

Built on the site of Paul Bunyan’s anchor, this museum features many treasures of the past and interpretations about life as a pioneer.

985 U.S. 12
Ortonville, MN 56278
(320) 839-3359
Birding/Wildlife, Destination, Interpretation, Museum, Natural History

Ortonville Historic Buildings

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Ortonville Historic Red Building

A group of more than 15 historic properties along the shore of Big Stone Lake.

Hwy. 12 & Hwy. 75
Ortonville, MN 56278
320-839-3359
Biking, Eating, Historic Town, Shopping
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