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

The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge consists of 10,795 acres of marsh and open water created by the three-mile dam across the Minnesota River Valley. The refuge offers a four-mile self-guided auto tour along which you will experience western prairie, mixed hardwoods, and wetlands with over 230 different species of birds living there. A foot trail provides a close-up view of prairie plants, river meanders and wildlife. The 100 acres of granite rock outcrops support unusual species of cactus and other plants and provide an excellent view of the refuge.

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

The museum is the home of many historical treasures of the past. A granite anchor, a symbol of glacial River Warren, which is now Big Stone Lake, and the headwaters of the Minnesota River and the Muskegon - Golden Bantam boat, is also on display. Come see the Charles Hanson North American Wildlife Collection. This collection contains over 500 waterfowl from across the Americas and the world. You'll see native waterfowl, upland birds and other exotic specimens from places as far away as the Arctic Sea.

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

Vicinity of 2nd Street, Madison and Monroe Avenues, Ortonville. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Visit The Columbian Hotel, Ortonville Free Library, or the County Courthouse.

Hwy. 12 & Hwy. 75
Ortonville, MN 56278
320-839-3359
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

Located in the Minnesota River Valley, this 1,057-acre park consists of 70 campsites, 3 camper cabins, 2 group camps, swimming beach, boat launch, hiking and horseback trails, cross country ski trails, and canoe/kayak rentals. Spring and fall migrations can be spectacular at the park. Renville invited missionaries to establish the Lac qui Parle Mission near his fur trading post in 1835. The replica Mission has interpretive panels about the mission site inside.

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

Norwegian Stabbur

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

Plover Prairie Nature Conservancy Preserve

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

Lac Qui Parle County History Center

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

Marsh Lake

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Birding/Wildlife, Discovery Site, Fishing/Hunting, Natural History, Paddling

Chippewa Prairie Preserve

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Birding/Wildlife, Discovery Site, Interpretation, Natural History

Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area

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

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.

MN
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
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