Sites Along the Byway: Ortonville to Montevideo

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Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge

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Big Stone Wildlife Refuge-cactus1

Drive or bike the auto tour where you can enjoy the granite outcrops, wetlands and woodlands, prairie.

44843 687th Avenue, County Highway 19
Odessa, MN 56276
320-273-2191
Biking, Birding/Wildlife, Destination, Interpretation, Natural History

Big Stone County Museum

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Big Stone County Museum-birds

Built on the site of Paul Bunyan’s anchor, this museum features many treasures of the past and interpretations about life as a pioneer.

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

A group of more than 15 historic properties along the shore of Big Stone Lake.

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

Lac qui Parle State Park and Lac qui Parle Mission

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Lac qui Parle State Park-boy on snow trail

This state park on Lac qui Parle Lake (in Dakota, Bde Iedaŋ ,or “little talking lake.”) has abundant wildlife and waterfowl, and includes the historic Fort Renville and Lac qui Parle Mission.

Birding/Wildlife, Camping, Destination, Fishing/Hunting, Geocaching, Hiking/Skiing, Interpretation, Museum, Natural History, Paddling, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Arv Hus Museum

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Sawdust art, handcrafts, vintage photos and pioneer items from the culturally rich Milan area, with historian and curator Billy Thompson who has stories to tell that will keep you laughing all day!

228 Main St.
Milan, MN 56262
320-734-4829
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

Norwegian Stabbur

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A decorative and antique Norwegian Pantry.

12040 50th St NW
Milan, MN 56262
320-734-4891
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

Plover Prairie Nature Conservancy Preserve

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A beautiful nature preserve with a wide variety of plant and animal species.

Odessa, MN 56276
Birding/Wildlife, Discovery Site, Interpretation, Natural History

Lac Qui Parle County History Center

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Exhibits feature the pioneer lifestyle, agriculture, Civil War artifacts and more. Robert Bly Study.

250 8th Ave S
Madison, MN 56256
320-598-7678
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

Marsh Lake

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A lake on the Minnesota River with abundant fish, waterfowl and wildlife.

Appleton, Minnesota 56208
Birding/Wildlife, Discovery Site, Fishing/Hunting, Natural History, Paddling

Chippewa Prairie Preserve

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Natural A small prairie remnant of the once vast northern tallgrass prairie ecosystem.

Appleton, Minnesota
Birding/Wildlife, Discovery Site, Interpretation, Natural History

Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area

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With more than 33,000 acres of land and water, this WMA is made up of wetlands, brushlands, woodlands, and native prairie and provides great habitat for birds and wildlife.

14047 20th St. NW
Watson, MN
Birding/Wildlife, Discovery Site, Fishing/Hunting, Natural History

Camp Release Memorial Monument

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Montevideo-Historical-Buildings-Camp-Release

An important location in the US - Dakota War of 1862, this site is where the Dakota re-released 269 white captives and about 1,200 Dakota people surrendered to the victorious U.S. armies at the end of the war.

Montevideo, MN 56265
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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This is a museum reviving the history of the Milwaukee Road Railroad.

301 State Road
Montevideo, MN 56265
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

Historic Chippewa City

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Montevideo Historical-Chippewa Bank

A unique, 24-building, turn-of-the century village has been recreated here.

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