Sites Along the Byway: Granite Falls to Redwood Falls

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Granite Falls Downtown District and River

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Granite Falls Downtown-clock

Celebrate our American Prohibition Story in Andrew Volstead's hometown. Start with the Volstead House Museum, a National Historic Landmark, then follow the Prohibition walking tour through this scenic river town. Stop at the KK Berge Building for tourist information and to see the latest art exhibit. You'll also find a popcorn stand that "pops" up from time to time.

Granite Falls, MN 56241
320-564-3743
Eating, Historic Town, Shopping

Granite Falls Footbridge

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Granite Falls-people on footbridge

This pedestrian suspension bridge that links the two sides of Granite Falls across the Minnesota River was built in 1935 by the Minneapolis Bridge Company with the design and materials from the historic Roebling & Sons Company (Brooklyn Bridge). Nearby, the dam creates hydroelectric power for half the city of Granite Falls.

813 Prentice St
Granite Falls, MN 56241
Disc Golf, Discovery Site, Hiking/Skiing

Yellow Medicine County Museum

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Granite Falls Downtown-oldest rock

The museum features pioneer and American Indian artifacts. Contains useful county history information. Oldest known exposed rock on the continent dating back some 3,800,000,000 years! It has a pioneer home and general store on site.

98 Minnesota 67
Granite Falls, MN 56241
320-564-4479
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum, Natural History

Andrew J. Volstead House Museum

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Granite Falls-Volstead House

The Andrew J. Volstead House Museum is a National Historic Landmark, a high honor designated for the national importance of Congressman Volstead in the co-authoring of the Capper Volstead Cooperatives Act and authoring of the Prohibition Act. The house is open to tours by appointment and during events through the Granite Falls Historical Society.

163 9th Ave.
Granite Falls, MN 56241
320-564-3011
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

Minnesota Machinery Museum

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1st Ave. W
Hanley Falls, MN 56245
507-768-3522
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

Gneiss Outcrop Scientific and Natural Area

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170th St SE1
Granite Falls, MN 56241
Birding/Wildlife, Discovery Site, Natural History

Blue Devil Valley Scientific and Natural Area

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Birding/Wildlife, Discovery Site, Natural History

Fagen Fighters World War II Museum

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2450 540th St.
Granite Falls, MN 56241
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

Wood Lake Monument and Battlefield

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Discovery Site, Interpretation, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Upper Sioux Agency State Park

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Upper Sioux Agency State Park-tipi door open

This 1,280-acre park was named for the historic site within its boundaries. The Upper Sioux Agency (or Yellow Medicine Agency) was established by the federal government in 1854 to be a center for instructing the Dakota People in farming methods. The park offers three campgrounds, 18 miles of trails, two picnic areas, river fishing, and two rental tipis. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

5908 Minnesota 67
Granite Falls, MN 56241
320-564-4777
Birding/Wildlife, Camping, Destination, Fishing/Hunting, Geocaching, Hiking/Skiing, Interpretation, Natural History, Paddling, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Upper Sioux Community and Prairie's Edge Casino and Hotel

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5722 Travers Ln
Granite Falls, MN 56241
Camping, Destination, Eating

Belview Depot and Museum

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County Road 7
Belview, MN 56214
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

Joseph R. Brown State Wayside Rest

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Joe Brown-sign

The Joseph R. Brown State Wayside Rest displays the granite ruins of Brown’s home from 1862. Destroyed during the U.S./Dakota Conflict of 1862, the three-story home was a mansion compared to normal pioneer homes. Brown’s family was spared because of his wife Susan’s Native American heritage. Brown was a politician, inventor, publisher and Indian Agent.

Discovery Site, Interpretation, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Sacred Heart Area Museum

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300 5th Ave.
Sacred Heart, MN 56285
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

Rudi Memorial

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Rudi Memorial

Located on Renville County Road 12 south of Sacred Heart. The memorial is an original dovetailed log cabin built in 1868 by an early settler of the area. Today the cabin houses relics including photos, household articles and tools.

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Discovery Site, Interpretation

Enestvedt Seed Corn Company

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Enestvedt’s- carving of family

The Enestvedt’s Seed Corn Company was established in 1900 by Engebret Enestvedt with the University of Minnesota’s open pollinated seed corn company. Today, the Enestvedt Seed Corn Company is still a family owned and operated business located on the original farm homestead which was first established in 1867 by Ole Enestvedt. Just southeast of the Enestvedt’s Seed Corn Company on County Rd 12 you can see a carved Norwegian settler family.

75802 County Road 12
Sacred Heart, MN 56285
320-765-2728
Discovery Site, Interpretation

Schwandt Memorial

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Schwandt Memorial

Located on Renville County 15 south of Sacred Heart. Erected in 1915 in memory of Johan and Christian Schwandt killed in the U.S./Dakota Conflict of 1862. One of their daughters escaped with the help of a Dakota friend.

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Discovery Site, Interpretation, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Birch Coulee Battlefield State Historic Site

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Birch Coulee Battlefield-battlefield sign

On September 22, 1862 an advance party of 150 soldiers was surprised and attacked at this site by the Dakota during the U.S./Dakota Conflict of 1862. The battle went on for 36 hours with heavy casualties. Reinforcements finally arrived from Fort Ridgely and ended the battle. It has a very nice ADA gravel trail with interpretive panels by the Minnesota Historical Society.

Jct of Renville Cty Hwy 2 and Hwy 18
Morton, MN 56270
651-259-3473
Birding/Wildlife, Destination, Hiking/Skiing, Interpretation, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Renville County Parks: Skalbekken

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Skalbekken County Park

Skalbekken County Park is nestled in the Minnesota River Valley southwest of Sacred Heart. There is an interpretive panel at an original dovetail cabin located on the river road within the park. The park offers horse camping and horse trails, hiking trails, rustic camping, and river fishing.

Birding/Wildlife, Camping, Discovery Site, Hiking/Skiing, Interpretation, Natural History

Renville County Parks: Vicksburg

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In Vicksburg County Park, you'll find an interpretive panel that describes the beginning of the U.S. - Dakota War of 1862. Vicksburg Park overlooks what once was Red Middle Voice Village. You can imagine the conversations that took place on the other side of the Minnesota River - very important decisions.

Renville, MN 56284
1-320-523-3793
Birding/Wildlife, Camping, Discovery Site, Fishing/Hunting, Interpretation, Natural History, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Renville County Parks: Birch Coulee

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68638 County Road 18
Morton, MN 56270
1-320-523-3793
Birding/Wildlife, Camping, Discovery Site, Hiking/Skiing, Natural History, Paddling

Renville County Parks: Beaver Falls

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A beautiful county park, this is also the location of the Beaver Creek Settlement and Meyer Home which were areas destroyed during the U.S. - Dakota War of 1862. You'll find more information at the Renville County Museum in Morton, MN.

Birding/Wildlife, Camping, Discovery Site, Hiking/Skiing, Natural History, Paddling, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Redwood Falls Historic Buildings

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redwood falls carnegie library

Redwood County was first established in 1862, and is one of the largest counties in southern Minnesota, with 26 townships, 555,474 acres, with 874 square miles and approximately 18,000 population. At one time there was nearly 150 lakes. There are 16 cities in the county, more than most. The oldest building still in use was built in 1861, the Old Agency Stone House, about 8 miles east of Redwood Falls. It is the site of the Sioux Uprising in 1862.

200 South Mill Street
Redwood, MN 56283
507-637-2828
Historic Town, Shopping

Redwood County Historical Society (Poor Farm Museum)

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913 W Bridge St.
Redwood Falls, MN 56283
507-637-3329
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

Birthplace of Sears

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Discovery Site

Alexander Ramsey Park and Zoo

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Redwood Falls Historic-Ramsey falls

At 219 acres in size, Alexander Ramsey Park is the largest municipal park in the State of Minnesota. Termed as the “Little Yellowstone of Minnesota,” the park is enhanced by 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps shelters and bridges and picturesque Ramsey Falls. The park serves as a focal point for community events, festivals and summer activities and features campground facilities, shelter houses, four miles of paved hiking trails, a DNR trout stream, scenic overlooks, and a zoo.

333 S Washington
Redwood Falls, MN 56283
507-637-5755
Birding/Wildlife, Camping, Destination, Hiking/Skiing, Interpretation, Natural History

Minnesota Inventor Hall of Fame

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901 Cook Street
Redwood Falls, MN 56283
507-644-2333
Discovery Site

Morton Monuments

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Renville County Historical Museum-Coulee sign
Morton, MN
Discovery Site, Interpretation, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Renville County Historical Museum

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Renville County Historical Museum-textured monument

Experience Renville County’s Historical Museum, offering displays for each town in the county, plus extensive resources detailing the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, which began in this area. Additional buildings on the site include a log cabin dating back to 1869, a county school, machine shed, woodshed, St. John’s Church, and a schoolhouse that has been converted into a showcase of glassware. Open year-round.

441 N Park Dr
Morton, MN 56270
507-697-6147
Destination, Interpretation, Museum, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Lower Sioux Community and Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel

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The Lower Sioux Indian Community is the longest established Dakota communities in the State of Minnesota, adjacent to the River Valley. Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel is an enterprise of the Lower Sioux Indian Community.

39527 Res Hwy 1
Morton, MN 56270
Camping, Destination, Eating, Interpretation

Lower Sioux Agency

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Lower Sioux Agency-building along trail

A dynamic Interpretive center and extensive trail system where you can explore the history and culture of the Dakota Oyate.

32469 Redwood County Hwy. 2
Morton, MN 56270
507-697-6321
Destination, Interpretation, Museum, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862
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