When you’re in the area, be sure to visit these essential historic sites, too.

Birch Coulee Battlefield


One of the hardest-fought battles in the US-Dakota War of 1862 happened here. Guideposts pinpoint the US and Dakota positions, and interpretive markers provide historical accounts and viewpoints.

Fort Ridgely


Exhibits and ground markers tell the tale of this 1853 military outpost, which saw combat during the US-Dakota War of 1862. Located within Fort Ridgely State Park.

Lower Sioux Agency


The US-Dakota War of 1862's first attack took place here. Exhibits help you understand Dakota life and culture, and the war's underlying causes.

Traverse des Sioux

St. Peter

This Minnesota River crossing is the site of the 1851 US-Dakota land treaty, where you can walk trails and view exhibits on the treaty, the Dakota, and trade.

W. W. Mayo House


The historic home of the founders of both the Mayo Clinic and the Green Giant Company.