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.
This popular guide describes a wealth of opportunities available to families. It includes outings to parks, museums and shops, with entry fees, opening times, discount opportunities and more. There√s also a section on day trips to nearby attractions.
Duluth's majestic Glensheen Mansion, featuring thirty-nine ornate rooms and expansive landscaped grounds. Minneapolis's stunning Purcell-Cutts House, a showplace of finely crafted woodwork of Prairie School design. Stevens County's Trantow Log Cabin, built in the German style with dovetailed log corners. Minnesota has a remarkable array of house museums, each with its own unique history and architectural significance. Minnesota Open House features nearly two hundred of these grand mansions, humble homes, log cabins, frontier forts, and pioneer villages that are open to the public.
Organized by region and featuring easy-to-follow maps, this handy guide to historically significant and often breathtaking sites is the perfect road-trip companion. Engaging site histories tell of immigrant struggles and baronial opulence, of political ambition and architectural innovation. Entries detail each site's cultural and political import, and photographs illustrate key features, from leaded-glass windows to widow's walks. Easy-to-follow practical information makes arranging a visit easy.
Whether planning family time on a Sunday afternoon or plotting your next vacation, Minnesota Open House is your key to the grandiose and the humble, to meticulously crafted and hauntingly rustic dwellings across the state.
This updated 2nd edition of the popular Backroads of Minnesota (2002) comes in a new portable size, making it easy to tote in your car and head out to a new destination in beautiful Minnesota. Have you driven on the Gunflint and Arrowhead trails? Have you circled the whole of Mille Lacs? Have you gone birding on the western prairies, or wound around the bluffs of the Mississippi River from Red Wing to the Iowa border? Have you experienced the forgotten corners of the Twin Cities metro area? Backroads of Minnesota takes you on 31 routes covering all corners of the Land of 10,000 Lakes: routes that lead you to the state's most scenic natural areas and sites that capture the state's colorful history. Whether you're planning a day trip or a weekend getaway, Backroads of Minnesota will lead you deep into the soul of the state, beyond the common tourist attractions.
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.
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.
It's hard enough to learn and master one city, but twin cities? Behold, the essential guide awaits you to achieve the most rewarding bucket list entries for the good people of the Twin Cities. Whether it's strolling the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis, sipping a drink on the Frost's patio in St. Paul on a warm summer's night, or biking to Stillwater for lunch on the St. Croix River, we've got you covered. We're ready to equip you with outdoor activities that will let you declare victory over the harsh Minnesota winters, but there are also plenty of indoor items for when Jack Frost truly has it in for you. The hearty Minnesotan will know it's a fool's errand to let weather dictate life's pleasures, and a good century of items for all seasons awaits you. Two truly is better than one, and the Twin Cities are waiting to be explored. Enjoy some pro tips, too, to add to your adventures.
Filled with beautiful natural scenery and countless opportunities for outdoor recreation, Minnesota is a popular vacation destination for leisure travelers from in-state and from neighboring midwestern states. A sizable number of tourists also come to Minnesota from California, Texas, and Florida as well.
Minnesota is many landscapes, but none of them fully define her. And where is it, exactly? Easterners see it as part of the West, Westerners as part of the East. Minnesotans often split the difference and call their home the Upper Midwest. Everyone, save Canadians, agrees that it is in the North. To be sure, winter is both a trial and a point of perverse pride for natives. Minnesotans also take a more universally understood pride in their state's quality of life; with its progressive political traditions, Minnesota always ranks high in national rankings that consider the environment, economic well-being, thriving arts communities, health, and education. In Minnesota, John Radzilowski explores the history of the peoples--native Americans, Norwegian, Swedish, French Canadian, German, Irish, Finnish, Polish, and more who have made the state what it is today. He explores the rich and distinct cultural histories of the Twin Cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as outstate Minnesota, the largely rural land beyond the sprawling metro area.