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.
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.
This handy guide locates the final resting places and tells the stories of more than 375 notable Minnesotans. Author Stew Thornley traveled throughout Minnesota in pursuit of the historical fact, the little-known tale, the striking monument, and the truth behind the colorful exaggeration. Visiting cemeteries from every era and every region of the state, Thornley recounts the histories of the famous, infamous, and just plain interesting Minnesotans who lie at rest in the state.
As Thornley notes in his introduction,
"Cemetery surfing has become an increasingly popular hobby in the past decade. People making treks include genealogists tracing their roots, artists and writers admiring the monuments and epitaphs, travelers looking to get off the beaten path, and people such as myself, who enjoy tracking down the final resting spots of the famous and infamous. Visitors respond in different ways to what they encounter, taking pictures, making rubbings, leaving offerings. . . . While some may find a hobby of visiting graves to be morose or even macabre, I find nothing morbid in seeking out history through cemeteries. There's much to be learned from our past, and one of the liveliest ways to do it is through our dead."
The book contains a useful appendix with a county-by-county listing of the cemeteries and individuals mentioned within. Perfect for road trippers and armchair travelers alike, Six Feet Under is an enlightening guide to the state's history.
In the 1930s, at the height of the Great Depression, the federal government put thousands of unemployed writers to work in the Federal Writers Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Out of their efforts came the American Guide series, the first comprehensive guidebooks to the people, resources, and traditions of each state in the union.
The WPA Guide to Minnesota is a lively and detailed introduction to the state and its people. Much has changed since the book's first publication in 1938 when, as the authors noted, some Minnesotans could "clearly recall . . . the sight of browsing buffalo herds, and the creaking of thong-tied Red River carts." But the book vividly recaptures the era when annual fishing licenses cost fifty cents, farmers ran barn dances for motoring townfolk, Duluth was the headquarters of the Hay Fever Club of America, and the nearly new Foshay Tower loomed on the Minneapolis skyline.
The guide has much more than nostalgia to offer today's readers. Twenty auto tours and six special city tours tell the stories of the state's people and places and offer a fascinating alternative to freeway travel. Essays on major themes such as native peoples, history, arts, transportation, and sports provide an authentic self-portrait of 1930s Minnesota in humorous, loving, and literary prose.
This time-travelers' guide to Minnesota is an evocative reminder of the state's past and a challenge to contemporary readers who seek to find how that past lives on today.
Special features include 20 road trips, 6 city tours, 15 boundary waters canoe trips, 12 maps, 22 drawings, an introduction by the renowned Midwestern writer Frederick Manfred, a chronology, and a revised bibliography.