Top 5 Historic Sites to Visit in Minnesota

Minnesota is full of historic landmarks that have shaped our state and parts of our country. Whether you’re a history buff or could use a history lesson, here are the top 5 historic sites in Minnesota.

1. Historic Fort Snelling

Built in the 1820’s, the US Department of War built a chain of forts to protect the northwestern territories from Canadian and British encroachment.

2. James J. Hill House

The builder of the Great Northern Railway, James J. Hill, lived in a extravagant and ingenious home on Summit Avenue in St. Paul. You can take tours of the home to really imagine what life was like for this successful family in 1891.

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3. Mill City Museum

What was once the world’s largest flour mill, Mill City Museum was built into the ruins. You can learn about the intertwined histories of the flour industry, the role of the Mississippi River and the city of Minneapolis.

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4. WW Mayo House

If you find yourself in Le Sueur, Minnesota, be sure to visit the home and first medical practice of Dr. William Worrall Mayo. It was from those beginnings that Dr. Mayo and his two sons founded the now renowned Mayo Clinic. Additionally, the same location served as the home of the Carson Nesbit Cosgrove family of the Green Giant Company.

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5. US Hockey Hall of Fame

One thing associated with Minnesota is Hockey. The Mighty Ducks, Miracle, and what else would we do with 10,000 lakes that spend half of their time frozen? It’s only appropriate that Eveleth, MN is the home to the US Hockey Hall of Fame.

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The history and culture of Minnesota is diverse and this list could be endless. We would love to hear your stories of visiting any of the historical sites of Minnesota.




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