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.

Harkin Store

New Ulm

Explore an authentic 1870s general store and its original inventory, left behind when the town of West Newton was bypassed by the railroad.

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.