Sites Along the Byway: New Ulm to Mankato

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Evacuation of New Ulm to Mankato Route Marker

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47572 State Highway 68
New Ulm, MN 56073
Discovery Site, Interpretation, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Flandrau State Park

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Flandrau State Park-people by pool

Park entrance is right next to the New Ulm Country Club. The highlight of Flandrau is the unique chlorinated, filtered sand bottom swimming pool. Flandrau features 88 campsites, 2 cabins, and hiking and ski trails.

Birding/Wildlife, Camping, Destination, Fishing/Hunting, Geocaching, Hiking/Skiing, Interpretation, Natural History, Paddling, Playground, Swimming

New Ulm Historic District

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New Ulm historic buildings downtown

New Ulm was founded by two groups of German immigrants beginning in 1854, both looking to create a “utopian German community on the American wilderness.” It is named after Ulm, a city on the Danube River in south-central Germany, and the city reflects its German heritage still today. Monuments such as the Hermann Monument, the Glockenspiel (an unique 45-foot, free-standing clock tower with animated figures that depict the city’s history) and many others grace the city of New Ulm and share its history.

Eating, Geocaching, Historic Town, Interpretation, Playground, Shopping, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Hermann Monument

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New Ulm-Hermann the Great stature

This 102’ tall monument and statue honors an ancient German hero who repulsed the Romans in the famous Battle of Teutoberg Forest in 9 A.D. Climb to the top for a stunning 15-mile panoramic view of the river valley! A museum is housed in the base level. Open daily Memorial Day to Labor Day and seasonal weekends, 11 am to 7 pm. $2.25 admittance.

Center & Monument Streets
New Ulm, MN 56073
507-233-4300
Discovery Site, Geocaching, Interpretation, Museum, Playground, Shelter Rental

Glockenspiel

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New-Ulm-Glock01-by-Kate-Grabosky

New Ulm's Glockenspiel is a unique free-standing clock tower. It stands 45 feet tall with a bourdon bell weighing 595 pounds. The tower has animated figures that depict the city's history. New Ulm's Glockenspiel plays at noon, 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. every day all year round. During the holiday season, the small moving characters in the clock are changed to a nativity scene.

Discovery Site, Geocaching, Interpretation

Wanda Gág House Interpretive Center and Museum

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226 N. Washington Street
New Ulm, MN 56073
507-359-2632
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

The John Lind House

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Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

August Schell Brewery Museum, New Ulm

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18th St. S & Schell St.
New Ulm, MN 56073
507-354-5528
Brewery, Discovery Site, Geocaching, Interpretation, Museum, Shopping

Brown County Historical Museum

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Brown County Historical Museum-front

This notable building was built in 1910 in an eye-catching Northern German Renaissance-style, as the town’s Post Office; becoming the County Museum in 1984. Inside are three floors of rotating exhibits, featuring an award-winning exhibit of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. It contains over 5,000 family history files to help researchers. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 to 4 pm, May 1 to Oct. 31, reduced hours in the off-season. $5 admittance.

Destination, Interpretation, Museum, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Minnesota Music Hall of Fame

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27 N. Broadway
New Ulm, MN 56073
507-354-7305
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

Regional River History Center & Info Center

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Riverside Park, 101 S. Front St.
New Ulm, MN 56073
507-354-8367
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum, Natural History, Playground

Minneopa State Park and Minneopa Falls

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Minneopa State Park-cascading waterfalls

A major waterfall in southwestern Minnesota tumbles through Minneopa State Park. An old stone mill and traces of Glacial River Warren can be found in the midst of the park’s native prairie that is filled with wildlife. The park offers camping, picnicking, and hiking in summer and cross-country skiing in winter.

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Minnemishinona Falls

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Minnemishinona Falls -summer

This county park is a scenic overlook, 42' waterfalls located on the Judson Bottom Road. No facilities on site. The waterfall does not run at all times. The trust for public land purchased the 3-acre home site containing the falls in order to enhance the falls. The home was sold and removed, which allowed the site to open to the public. The archeological investigation found overwhelming evidence of artifacts from prehistoric cultures."

40923 Judson Bottom Road
Mankato, MN 56003
Birding/Wildlife, Discovery Site, Natural History

Mankato Historic Districts

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Old Train comes to the Mankato Depot

The Union Depot was build in 1896 and is the only surviving railroad depot in the 13 Blue Earth County townships where railroads played a major development role. The Blue County Courthouse was built in 1889 and makes elaborate use of local Mankato stone in French and Haitian Renaissance architecture - which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Old Main Village - built in 1924, was the administration building for the Mankato Normal School- listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Betsy Tacy House, Carnegie Art Center, Hubbard House, Reconciliation Park, Riverfront Park and many others.

Mankato, MN 56001
507-345-5566
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R.D. Hubbard House Museum

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Hubbard House

Built in 1871, the Hubbard House was declared by the newspaper to be one of the finest homes of its day. The high level restoration has returned the home to its former splendor. Its oak and birch woodwork, three marble fireplaces, silk wall coverings, and Tiffany and Quetzal lamp shades enhance the French Second Empire style architecture. The fine Carriage House contains a collection of horse-drawn vehicles and antique autos. Victorian gardens landscape the two buildings. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

606 South Broad Street
Mankato, MN 56001
507-345-5566
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

Betsy-Tacy House Museums

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Betsy Tacy House

Betsy’s House is the childhood home of Maud Hart Lovelace (1892-1980), beloved author of the famed children’s series of Betsy-Tacy books. The author is the real-life character of “Betsy” and the books are historical fiction based on her childhood memories of growing up in Mankato, the fictionalized “Deep Valley.”With over a million and a half books sold, they have drawn national as well as international attention to Mankato, MN. The Betsy-Tacy Society has spent the past decade preserving the legacy of both the author and her books. Tacy’s House serves as its headquarters, gift shop and interpretive center. Open Saturdays from 1-3pm; reservations required during the week.

332 Center Street
333 Center Street
Mankato, MN 56001
Destination, Interpretation, Museum, Shopping

Blue Earth County History Center and Museum

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Blue Earth Heritage Center

The museum highlights items from the Society's collection and reflects the rich heritage of Blue Earth County. Exhibits feature people, places, and events that shaped this county including: Native American tools and artifacts, Remembering Front Street exhibit, a diorama of downtown Mankato in the 1880s, and an interactive children's area with a pioneer cabin.

424 Warren Street
Mankato, MN 56001
507-345-5566
Destination, Interpretation, Museum, Shopping, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Reconciliation Park, Winter Warrior and Memorial Marker

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Reconciliation Park-sign

Dedicated on September 19, 1997, the park is the site of the largest mass execution in U.S. history in which 38 Dakota Indians were hanged by the government as the result of trials following the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. Tom Miller sculpted the buffalo from a 67-ton block of local Kasota limestone. The buffalo symbolizes the spiritual survival of the Dakota People and honors the Dakota heritage of this area. The park is a site to reflect, meditate and remember.

209 N Riverfront Dr
Mankato, MN 56001
Biking, Destination, Interpretation, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour

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Mankato City Art Tour-sculpture of dancers

City Art is an exciting exhibit of outdoor sculptures displayed year-round in the City Centers of Mankato and North Mankato, Minnesota. Artists place their sculptures in the program for one year. The sculptures are promoted to the public for sale. Artists are eligible to win cash awards; as well as the possibility of having their piece be voted The People’s Choice and purchased by the City Center Partnership for permanent installation.

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Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota

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The Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota is full of opportunities for discovery, development, and hands-on play. The Museum is many things: a mission, a place, and an organization -- but it is entirely devoted to serving children, families, and the greater community. Newly opened at its fantastic, and permanent location in Mankato, Minnesota, the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota features exhibits, activities, and spaces to engage all ages.

224 Lamm Street
Mankato,, MN 56001
507-386-0279.
Destination, Eating, Interpretation, Museum, Natural History

Carnegie Art Center, Mankato

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Carnegie Art Center-art displayed

Originally a library, this renaissance revival-style architecture houses a gallery of local artists' work. The library is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

120 S. Broad St.
Mankato, MN 56001
(507) 625-2730
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum, Shopping

Fort LeHillier Marker and Landing

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Minnesota 66
Mankato, MN 56001
Biking, Birding/Wildlife, Discovery Site, Fishing/Hunting, Hiking/Skiing, Natural History, Paddling

Akota Wokiksuye Makoce (Land of Memories) Park, Mahkato Wacipi (Pow Wow)

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100 Amos Owen Ln
Mankato, MN 56001
Biking, Camping, Disc Golf, Discovery Site, Fishing/Hunting, Hiking/Skiing, Natural History, Paddling, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Rasmussen Woods and Elk's Nature Center

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555 Stoltzman Rd
Mankato, MN 56001
507-387-8600
Biking, Birding/Wildlife, Discovery Site, Fishing/Hunting, Hiking/Skiing, Interpretation, Natural History
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