Historical sites around the state

  • Updated: April 28, 2012 - 9:08 PM

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The Minnesota Historical Society manages 26 public sites. (Several others, including burial mounds, are preserved and not public.)

Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul: Home of Minnesota's first territorial governor and later U.S. senator.

Birch Coulee Battlefield, Morton: Site of the deadliest clash in the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.

Charles A. Lindbergh House, Little Falls: Home of U.S. Rep. Charles August Lindbergh and his son, aviator Charles Lindbergh.

Comstock House, Moorhead: Restored home of businessman and U.S. Rep. Solomon Comstock.

Folsom House, Taylors Falls: Home of businessman, politician and historian W.H.C. Folsom.

Forest History Center, Grand Rapids: Recreated logging camp, exhibits on Minnesota's forests.

Fort Ridgely, Fairfax: Built to keep the peace around a Dakota reservation, but attacked twice during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.

Harkin Store, New Ulm: General store with much original inventory still on display.

Historic Forestville, Forestville Mystery Cave State Park: Restored town with living history reenactors.

Historic Fort Snelling, Fort Snelling State Park: Portions of fort restored to frontier appearance.

James J. Hill House, St. Paul: Red sandstone mansion completed in 1891 by the Great Northern Railway magnate.

Jeffers Petroglyphs, Jeffers: Exposed rocks bear ancient Native American petroglyphs.

Lac Qui Parle State Park, Montevideo: Wooden church where missionaries worked to convert Dakota tribes.

Lower Sioux Agency, Lower Sioux Indian Reservation: Museum of the lives of Dakota people before and after the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.

Marine Mill, Marine on St. Croix: Ruins of Minnesota's first commercial sawmill.

Mill City Museum, Minneapolis: Museum of the flour milling industry within the ruins of the Washburn "A" Mill.

Mille Lacs Indian Museum, Mille Lacs Indian Reservation: Museum of the culture of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.

Minnehaha Depot, Minneapolis: Former train station near Minnehaha Falls with Victorian architecture.

Minnesota History Center, St. Paul: Headquarters and museum of Minnesota Historical Society.

Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul.

North West Company Post, Pine City: Recreated fur trading post and Ojibwe encampment.

Oliver H. Kelley Farm, Elk River: Working 1860s farm of founder of the farmers' National Grange.

Sibley House Historic Site, Mendota: Homes of the state's first governor, Henry Hastings Sibley, and fur trader Jean-Baptiste Faribault.

Split Rock Lighthouse: Overlooking Lake Superior's North Shore.

Traverse des Sioux, St. Peter: Site of Minnesota River ford where a treaty was signed with the Dakota in 1851, opening much of the future state to settlers.

W.W. Mayo House, Le Sueur: Modest home built by the founding father of the Mayo Clinic, and later home to Carson Nesbit Cosgrove, founder of the Green Giant food company.

Visit www.mnhs.org for more information.

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