This book offers a guide to the best of Minnesota's many bike trails. Detailed maps and trail descriptions make it a must for anyone that enjoys biking. Focusing on trails that are off-road and away from automotive traffic. It's perfect for families, including information on trail access, trail length, parking and facts about the surrounding areas, all in a clean, consistent and easy-to-use format.
Boyhood pranks in the backyards of Cathedral Hill mansions. Young love at the Minnesota State Fair. Jazz Age parties at the University Club, golfing and dancing at the White Bear Yacht Club. F. Scott Fitzgerald's St. Paul boyhood shaped him--and provided scenery and plots for many of his most successful short stories. Fitzgerald's parents moved many times, but they stayed in the same well-to-do city neighborhood. The young writer continued this pattern after his marriage and early popular success. In this book, informative biographical detail blends with lustrous vignettes from the fiction of one of the greatest writers in twentieth-century America, offering easy access to over 100 places of interest in Minnesota's capital city.The first part of this guidebook tells the story of Fitzgerald in St. Paul by describing his connections to 35 significant places in the city, from his birthplace to the schools, homes, and businesses he knew. Part two identifies 106 places associated with the city's most famous literary son.
From the pen of a Prairie Home Companion writer comes this inspired collection of well-known and lesser-known Minnesota oddities. Read about places such as Basshenge and the Home of Swollen Big Toe, events such as the Eelpout Festival, and phenomena such as the world's largest prairie chicken. 6 maps. 50 photos.
For more than 125 years Minnesotans have been marking the places where significant historic events occurred. This travel guide presents the locations and texts of 254 historic markers, 60 geologic markers, and 29 historic monuments in all corners of the state. The markers honor fur traders and settlers, explorers and miners, Civil War soldiers and entrepreneurs; they explain waterfalls and sand plains and glacial potholes. Some have stood for over a century, marking the sites of the Dakota War of 1862. Others, more recent, enhance the interstate highways with brief, informative histories of Red River trails, immigrant communities, and important industries.
Each entry includes the location of the marker or monument along the state's highways and county roads. For the traveler's ease of use, the entries are grouped by region and by county and many photographs convey a sense of the history to be found at these places. This handy and informative guide is the perfect traveling companion for your next road trip.
Only in Minnesota can you snap a Polaroid of a fifty-five-foot-tall grinning green man with a size seventy-eight shoe or marvel at the spunk of a Swede who dedicated his life to spinning a gigantic ball of twine. The world's largest hockey stick, as well as the biggest pelican, prairie chicken, turkey, fish, otter, fox, and loon also make Minnesota their home. Where else can you ponder the mysterious "miracle meat" of Spam in a museum dedicated to pork products or have your head examined by the phrenology machines at the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices?
Minnesota Marvels is a tour of the inspired, bizarre, brilliant, scandalous, and funny sites around the state. Look up in wonder at the several Paul Bunyan statues, including the original (Bemidji), the tallest (Akeley), and the largest talking version (Brainerd). Ease on down the road to visit the first home of the heel-tapping native of Grand Rapids, Judy Garland, or walk the "main street" of Sauk Centre immortalized by native son Sinclair Lewis. See the birthplaces of Charles Lindbergh, the Mayo brothers, the Greyhound bus, the snowmobile, and the ice-cream sandwich.
Minnesota is also the home of such attractions as the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and the world's largest aerial lift bridge in Duluth, and architectural wonders such as Frank Lloyd Wright's modernist gas station in Cloquet and Frank Gehry's arresting Weisman Art Museum. Stunning mansions with histories of ghost sightings, the hangouts and lairs of infamous gangsters, and old-fashioned breweries dot the state.
Conveniently organized by town name and illustrated throughout, Minnesota Marvels is the perfect light-hearted guide for entertaining road trips all over the state.
Minnesotans can boast of a treasure trove of historic buildings, landmarks, and sites in our state. This comprehensive guide, useful for travel or armchair research, lists the more than 1,500 historic properties in our state on the famed National Register of Historic Places, the official list of historic properties in the United States that have been deemed worthy of preservation.
Produced by Minnesota's State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), this comprehensive, illustrated guide includes the districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant to the state's history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, and culture. A county-by-county inventory presents descriptive information for each property including name, location, date, architectural style and designer, original owner, and entertaining historical sidelights.
From churches to water towers, lighthouses to shipwrecks, a gas station to a fur-trade depot, this book delivers the wealth and variety of Minnesota's history into your hands.
Land of the world's largest prairie chicken, birthplace of Spam, and home of the world's oldest rock, this is Minnesota, where summers are short, winters are long, and back-road wonders abound. This entertaining guide wastes no time with descriptions of scenic lakes, pristine bike trails, or quaint caf s. Instead it directs travelers (and residents) to the spot where Tiny Tim strummed his last notes on the ukulele; to the Cold Spring chapel where two grasshoppers bow down to the Virgin Mary; and to the McLeod County Museum, where the mummy on display could be from Peru or outer space. While ordinary tourists are fighting off mosquitoes in the Boundary Waters, oddball travelers can size up the world's largest ear of corn and admire the fourth Zamboni ever built. And one last thing: there aren't 10,000 lakes in Minnesota; there are 14,215. For travelers who are in search of the unusual, there is no better reason to park the bike and hiking boots in the garage, fill up the gas tank, and hit the road to Minnesota, where weirdness awaits.