Sites Along the Byway: Montevideo to Granite Falls

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Camp Release Memorial Monument

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The Camp Release Monument, dedicated in 1894, stands as a reminder of Minnesota’s tragic early state history. It commemorates the release of 269 captives taken during the U.S. DakotaWar of 1862 and the surrender of some Dakota bands to Colonel Henry Hastings Sibley. The monument was the first property added to the state park system and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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

Montevideo Historic Buildings

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Montevideo Historical-Chippewa Bank

Join us in Montevideo as we celebrate what makes America so great, keeping the history of our individuals while coming together as one people. Sites of interest in the area include: Chippewa Historic Village Camp Release Monument Minnesota River Rapids Milwaukee Road Heritage Center Hollywood Theater on Main Historic Swenson Farm in Montevideo

Montevideo, MN 56265
1-800-269-5527
Eating, Historic Town, Shopping

Milwaukee Heritage Depot

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South 1st St. at Park Ave.
Montevideo, MN 56265
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

Historic Chippewa City

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Montevideo Historical-Chippewa Bank

An unique, 23-building, turn-of-the century village. Stroll the boardwalks as you reminisce of times gone by. Visit the Millinery Shop, Law Office, School House and the authentic log cabins. A 1915 Seagraves Pumper and a 1914 Dodge hearse are also on display.

151 Pioneer Drive
Montevideo, MN 56265
320-269-7636
Destination, Interpretation, Museum, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Minnesota River Valley Trail - Montevideo to Wegdahl

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Biking, Discovery Site, Hiking/Skiing, Natural History

Olof Swensson Farm Museum

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Olof Swensson Farm Museum-horses

The Olof Swensson Farm Museum includes a 22-room house, timber-framed barn, family burial cemetery and remains of a grist mill. Constructed in 1901, the house contains original furnishings from this unique Norwegian/Swedish family. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

115 Co. Rd. 15 SE
Granite Falls, MN 56241
320-269-7636
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

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

Blue Devil Valley Scientific and Natural Area

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Birding/Wildlife, Discovery Site, Natural History
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