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

The Dakota’s most successful engagement during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 was fought at Birch Coulee.

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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Part of the Renville County Park system featuring Bedrock outcroppings formed 3.6 billion years ago along the banks of the Minnesota River.

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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Part of the Renville County Park system that features impressive overlooks, the wooded and cascading waters of Beaver Creek, and a horse camp.

31599 County Road 2
Morton, MN 56270
320.523.3768
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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Part of the Renville County Park system where you can enjoy shoreline fishing along the lake and Minnesota River.

63339 County Road 5
Franklin, MN 55333
1-320-523-3793
Birding/Wildlife, Discovery Site, Fishing/Hunting, Hiking/Skiing, Natural History, Paddling

Renville County Parks: Mack Lake

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Part of the Renville County Park system which is a natural park along the Minnesota River where you can camp, fish or gather with friends.

60757 County Road 5
Fairfax, MN 55332
1-320-523-3793
Birding/Wildlife, Camping, Discovery Site, Fishing/Hunting, Hiking/Skiing, Natural History, Paddling

Redwood Falls Historic Buildings

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redwood falls carnegie library

Some of the Redwood Falls historic buildings are: the courthouse, saw mill, and many downtown buildings.

200 South Mill Street
Redwood, MN 56283
507-637-2828
Eating, Golfing, Hiking/Skiing, Historic Town, Paddling, Shopping

Redwood County Historical Society (Poor Farm Museum)

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The Old Redwood County Poor Farm houses is a museum with a variety of exhibits.

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

Ramsey Park, Caŋ ŝa yapi

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Redwood Falls Historic-Ramsey falls

A city park with the picturesque Ramsey Falls and the Swayback Bridge. The park is also known by its Dakota name Caŋ ŝa yapi where they paint the trees red.

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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Learn about unique history at a place that honors Minnesota inventors.

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

Morton Monuments

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Renville County Historical Museum-Coulee sign

Two obelisk markers are located up on the bluff near Morton to honor combatants of the U.S.- Dakota War of 1862.

35003 650th Ave
Morton, MN 56270
Discovery Site, Interpretation, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Renville County Historical Museum

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Renville County Historical Museum-textured monument

A museum packed with many exhibits, research library and a 1869 log cabin.

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

An estate with a farm house to tour, as well as beautiful grounds. The site of Farmfest.

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 a federally recognized Indian tribe and is host of the Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel.

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

St. Cornelias Church

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A 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
Biking, Birding/Wildlife, Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum, Natural History, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Lower Sioux Agency

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Lower Sioux Agency-building along trail

Find 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, hiking, picnicking, horse trails and access to the historic Fort Ridgely.

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

A restored train depot houses a museum. 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

A 1870s general store where you can savor the sights and smells as you sample the wares or sit down for a game of checkers.

66250 County Road 21
New Ulm, MN 56073
507- 354-8666
Discovery Site, Geocaching, Interpretation, Museum, Natural History, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Milford Monument

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Milford Monument and panel

Once a small settlement, a monument stands where more than 50 Milford Township residents were killed during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, making it one of the hardest-hit communities during the war.

County Road 11
Brown, Minnesota 56073
Discovery Site, Geocaching, Interpretation, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Flandrau State Park

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Flandrau State Park-people by pool

The gentle flowing Big Cottonwood River meanders through this state park park. The park features a sand-bottom swimming pond, picnic area, campgrounds and group center.

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 is a German city on the Minnesota River.

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

A 102’ tall monument and statue in New Ulm, MN to honor an ancient German hero.

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

This is a unique 45-foot, free-standing clock tower with animated figures that depict the city’s history in New Ulm, MN

4th N and Minnesota Street
New Ulm, MN 56087
507-233-4300 or 888-463-9856
Discovery Site, Geocaching, Interpretation

Wanda Gág House Interpretive Center and Museum

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The childhood home turned museum of Wanda Hazel Gag, author of classic children’s books.

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

The John Lind House

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Built by Minnesota’s 14th governor in 1899, the John Lind house has been restored in the style in which it was originally built and is open for tours.

Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

August Schell Brewery Museum, New Ulm

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Visit Minnesota’s oldest brewery, the August Schell Brewing Company.

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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This learning center displays on the value of the river with a pirate ship playground

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