DescriptionThe area around Pipestone, a seemingly endless expanse of 6- to 8-foot-high grass, was given the name Tall Grass Prairie when it was first explored by white settlers in the early 19th century. It was also the homeland of Native Americans, a sacred meeting place from which they quarried soft red stone for use in making ceremonial pipes. According to Dakota Indian legend, the stone was colored by the blood of their ancestors.
Local stone also was instrumental in constructing the turn-of-the-20th-century buildings in Pipestone's historic district, a two-block section of Main Street downtown. Skilled stonemasons took advantage of the region's pinkish-purple Sioux quartzite.
Standing along the expanse of rolling hills collectively known as Buffalo Ridge are approximately 200 wind turbines, quietly and efficiently producing wind-generated electricity. The best place for viewing these graceful, ballerina-like structures, each 229 feet tall, is at the junction of US 75 and US 14, north of Pipestone near Lake Benton.
Visitor InfoPipestone Area Chamber of Commerce 117 8th Ave. S.E. PIPESTONE, MN 56164. Phone:(507)825-3316
Self-guiding toursFree brochures detailing points of interest in the historic district can be obtained at the Pipestone County Museum or the chamber of commerce.
Things to SeePipestone County Museum