Sites Along the Byway: Redwood Falls to New Ulm

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Birch Coulee Battlefield State Historic Site

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Birch Coulee Battlefield-battlefield sign

On September 22, 1862 an advance party of 150 soldiers was surprised and attacked at this site by the Dakota during the U.S./Dakota Conflict of 1862. The battle went on for 36 hours with heavy casualties. Reinforcements finally arrived from Fort Ridgely and ended the battle. It has a very nice ADA gravel trail with interpretive panels by the Minnesota Historical Society.

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: Birch Coulee

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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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A beautiful county park, this is also the location of the Beaver Creek Settlement and Meyer Home which were areas destroyed during the U.S. - Dakota War of 1862. You'll find more information at the Renville County Museum in Morton, MN.

Birding/Wildlife, Camping, Discovery Site, Hiking/Skiing, Natural History, Paddling, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Renville County Parks: Anderson Lake

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

Renville County Parks: Mack Lake

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Birding/Wildlife, Camping, Discovery Site, Fishing/Hunting, Hiking/Skiing, Natural History, Paddling

Redwood Falls Historic Buildings

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redwood falls carnegie library

Redwood County was first established in 1862, and is one of the largest counties in southern Minnesota, with 26 townships, 555,474 acres, with 874 square miles and approximately 18,000 population. At one time there was nearly 150 lakes. There are 16 cities in the county, more than most. The oldest building still in use was built in 1861, the Old Agency Stone House, about 8 miles east of Redwood Falls. It is the site of the Sioux Uprising in 1862.

200 South Mill Street
Redwood, MN 56283
507-637-2828
Historic Town, Shopping

Redwood County Historical Society (Poor Farm Museum)

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

Birthplace of Sears

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Alexander Ramsey Park and Zoo

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Redwood Falls Historic-Ramsey falls

At 219 acres in size, Alexander Ramsey Park is the largest municipal park in the State of Minnesota. Termed as the “Little Yellowstone of Minnesota,” the park is enhanced by 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps shelters and bridges and picturesque Ramsey Falls. The park serves as a focal point for community events, festivals and summer activities and features campground facilities, shelter houses, four miles of paved hiking trails, a DNR trout stream, scenic overlooks, and a zoo.

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

Morton Monuments

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Renville County Historical Museum-Coulee sign
Morton, MN
Discovery Site, Interpretation, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Renville County Historical Museum

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Renville County Historical Museum-textured monument

Experience Renville County’s Historical Museum, offering displays for each town in the county, plus extensive resources detailing the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, which began in this area. Additional buildings on the site include a log cabin dating back to 1869, a county school, machine shed, woodshed, St. John’s Church, and a schoolhouse that has been converted into a showcase of glassware. Open year-round.

441 N Park Dr
Morton, MN 56270
507-697-6147
Destination, Interpretation, Museum, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Gilfillan Estate

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Gilfillan Farm Estate

This historic estate was built by the Gilfillan family, which was known for exporting prime beef for European consumption during the early 1900s. The site is also the location of Farmfest, an agricultural extravaganza held each summer.

28315 Co. Hwy 13
Morgan, MN 56266
507-249-2210
Camping, Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

Lower Sioux Community and Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel

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The Lower Sioux Indian Community is the longest established Dakota communities in the State of Minnesota, adjacent to the River Valley. Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel is an enterprise of the Lower Sioux Indian Community.

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

St. Cornelias Church

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At Gothic Revival church established by St. John’s Episcopal Mission and located on the Lower Sioux Indian Reservation.

37263 Reservation Hwy 101
Morton, MN 56270
Discovery Site

Lower Sioux Agency

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Lower Sioux Agency-building along trail

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

Fort Ridgely State Park, Cemetery, Monuments and Historic Site

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Fort Ridgely-cannon ball firing

This state park offers opportunities for camping, golfing, hiking, picnicking and horse trails. Within the state park is the Fort Ridgely State Historic Site. Built in 1853 without a protective outer wall, it was intended to serve as a “police station”. A staging ground for Civil War volunteers, Fort Ridgely was attacked twice during the U.S./Dakota Conflict of 1862. The restored commissary building houses an audio-visual program, exhibits and gift shop. The Friends of Fort Ridgely administers this Minnesota Historical Site. The state park is administered by the Department of Natural Resources.

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

Sleepy Eye Historic Buildings

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Sleepy Eye Historic-depot museum

The community of Sleepy Eye, incorporated in 1872, was named after a Sisseton Dakota Chief, Ish Tak Ha Ba, which means Sleepy Eyes. He was given the name because of his drooping eyelids. He and his band lived on the north side of Sleepy Eye Lake, which is also named for the kind and friendly chief. A lovely restored train depot houses a museum, with exhibits on the telegraph, Chief Sleepy Eye pottery, and musical instruments. Dakota Chief Sleepy Eye is buried on site under an impressive obelisk, with a full-size statue of him across the street.

100 Oak St. NW
Sleepy Eye, MN 56085
507-794-5053
Eating, Geocaching, Historic Town, Interpretation, Museum, Shopping

Harkin Store

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Harkin Store-inside store

Sit a spell and play checkers, enjoy the old-fashioned smells of camphor and cinnamon, chat with the costumed staff, and investigate the line of wares — many of them original inventory — at this 1870s general store. The Harkin Store was important to early settlers arriving by steamboat to the town of West Newton, which flourished until the railroad passed the community by in 1873. The Nicollet County Historical Society administers this Minnesota Historical Society site.

66250 County Road 21
New Ulm, MN 56073
507- 354-8666
Discovery Site, Geocaching, Interpretation, Museum

Milford Monument

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Milford Monument and panel

Located just west of New Ulm in Brown County, Milford Township was populated by mostly German immigrants. It was attacked on August 18, 1862. Once a small settlement, a monument stands where more than 50 Milford Township residents were killed, making it one of the hardest-hit communities during the war.

Discovery Site, Geocaching, 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.

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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'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

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
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