Sites Along the Byway: Browns Valley to Ortonville

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Continental Divide

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Browns Valley is located along the Laurentian Continental Divide, where theoretically a raindrop could split on Browns Valley's main street and half of it flow north and half south. check

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

Samuel J. Brown Memorial Park

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W Broadway Ave.
Browns Valley, MN 56219
320-695-2608
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

Wadsworth Trail Marker

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

Browns Valley Man

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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

From Ortonville, seven miles northwest along State Hwy 7. Watch for brown highway signs. Nestled on the shores of Big Stone Lake, this State Park offers visitors a quiet camping experience complete with great fishing, swimming, hiking and bird watching. The park landscape includes native hillside prairie, oak basswood forest, oak savanna woodland, cattail wetlands and spring-fed streams.

35889 E Meadowbrook
Ortonville, MN 56278
320-839-3663
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

The museum is the home of many historical treasures of the past. A granite anchor, a symbol of glacial River Warren, which is now Big Stone Lake, and the headwaters of the Minnesota River and the Muskegon - Golden Bantam boat, is also on display. Come see the Charles Hanson North American Wildlife Collection. This collection contains over 500 waterfowl from across the Americas and the world. You'll see native waterfowl, upland birds and other exotic specimens from places as far away as the Arctic Sea.

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

Vicinity of 2nd Street, Madison and Monroe Avenues, Ortonville. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Visit The Columbian Hotel, Ortonville Free Library, or the County Courthouse.

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