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

Shop, fish, picnic, or kayak in downtown Granite Falls along the Minnesota River.

Granite Falls, MN 56241
320-564-3743
Eating, Fishing/Hunting, Historic Town, Museum, Natural History, Paddling, Shopping

Granite Falls Footbridge

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Granite Falls-people on footbridge

A footbridge in downtown Granite Falls that crosses the Minnesota River and was designed by the famous Roebling & Sons Company.

813 Prentice St
Granite Falls, MN 56241
320.564.4039
Disc Golf, Discovery Site, Fishing/Hunting, Hiking/Skiing, Paddling

Yellow Medicine County Museum

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Granite Falls Downtown-oldest rock

A museum that focuses on geology, archaeology and Native American artifacts

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

This National Historic Landmark is a restored home that tells the story of Andrew Volstead and his family.

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

Minnesota Machinery Museum

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Recapturing a century of stories about farm life, this museum features a six-acre plot filled with farm implements, tools, tractors, rural art and more.

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

Gneiss Outcrop Scientific and Natural Area

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These outcrops, formed approximately 3.8 billion years ago, are among the oldest known exposed rock on the earth's surface.

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

Blue Devil Valley Scientific and Natural Area

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A granite outcrop community within the Minnesota River Valley that supports one of the largest known populations of the rare five-lined skink.

Granite Falls, MN 56208
Birding/Wildlife, Discovery Site, Natural History

Fagen Fighters World War II Museum

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This museum is home to the pristine collection of WWII trainer, fighter and bomber aircraft restored, owned and flown by Fagen Fighters.

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

Wood Lake Monument and Battlefield

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A tall granite monument erected by the State of Minnesota in 1919 near the Wood Lake Battlefield.

2136 600th Street
Echo, MN 56237
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 park was named for the Upper Sioux Agency historic site within its boundaries.

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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The Upper Sioux Community (or Pejuhutazizi Kapi) is a federally recognized Indian tribe and is host of the Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort.

5722 Travers Ln
Granite Falls, MN 56241
320.564.2121
Camping, Destination, Eating

Belview Depot and Museum

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A museum that focuses on the history of the Belview Depot.

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

Joseph R. Brown State Wayside Rest

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Joe Brown-sign

This wayside rest displays granite ruins of Joseph R. Brown’s home which was destroyed during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.

76734 145th Street
Sacred Heart, MN
320-564-4777
Discovery Site, Interpretation, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Sacred Heart Area Museum

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A museum with photographs and other memorabilia from the early pioneer days of Sacred Heart and the surrounding area.

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

Rudi Memorial

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Rudi Memorial

Rudi Memorial is a small log cabin kept as a tribute to Lars Rudi and all pioneer families who settled in Renville County.

75114 Cty Rd 12
Sacred Heart, MN 56285
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

Enestvedt Seed Corn Company

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Enestvedt’s- carving of family

Still operating today, this open pollinated seed corn company was established in 1900 by Engebert Enestvedt with the University of Minnesota.

75802 County Road 12
Sacred Heart, MN 56285
320.765.2728
Discovery Site, Interpretation

Schwandt Memorial

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Schwandt Memorial

This was erected in 1915 in memory of Johan and Christian Schwandt who were killed in the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.

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

Birch Coulee Battlefield State Historic Site

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Birch Coulee Battlefield-battlefield sign

The Dakota’s most successful engagement during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 was fought at Birch Coulee.

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

Experience the scenic water views with rushing waters of Limbo Creek, Hawk Creek and the Minnesota River at Skalkbekken County Park.

79257 County Road 10
Sacred Heart, MN 56285
320.523.3768
Birding/Wildlife, Camping, Discovery Site, Hiking/Skiing, Interpretation, Natural History

Renville County Parks: Vicksburg

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Part of the Renville County Park system featuring history, camping, picnicking, canoeing, and a sandbar.

73715 County Road 6
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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Part of the Renville County Park system featuring Bedrock outcroppings formed 3.6 billion years ago along the banks of the Minnesota River.

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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Part of the Renville County Park system that features impressive overlooks, the wooded and cascading waters of Beaver Creek, and a horse camp.

31599 County Road 2
Morton, MN 56270
320.523.3768
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

Some of the Redwood Falls historic buildings are: the courthouse, saw mill, and many downtown buildings.

200 South Mill Street
Redwood, MN 56283
507-637-2828
Eating, Golfing, Hiking/Skiing, Historic Town, Paddling, Shopping

Redwood County Historical Society (Poor Farm Museum)

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The Old Redwood County Poor Farm houses is a museum with a variety of exhibits.

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

Ramsey Park, Caŋ ŝa yapi

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Redwood Falls Historic-Ramsey falls

A city park with the picturesque Ramsey Falls and the Swayback Bridge. The park is also known by its Dakota name Caŋ ŝa yapi where they paint the trees red.

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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Learn about unique history at a place that honors Minnesota inventors.

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

Morton Monuments

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Renville County Historical Museum-Coulee sign

Two obelisk markers are located up on the bluff near Morton to honor combatants of the U.S.- Dakota War of 1862.

35003 650th Ave
Morton, MN 56270
Discovery Site, Interpretation, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Renville County Historical Museum

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Renville County Historical Museum-textured monument

A museum packed with many exhibits, research library and a 1869 log cabin.

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 a federally recognized Indian tribe and is host of the Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel.

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

Lower Sioux Agency

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Lower Sioux Agency-building along trail

Find 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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