About OwatonnaIndian legend claims that frail, sickly Owatonna, daughter of chief Wabena, was restored to health by the area's minnewaucan, or curative waters. You can take a healing sip from the water fountains in Mineral Springs Park, 1025 Mineral Springs Pkwy., where a white stone statue of the princess stands. Other activities include playing disc golf or just strolling along the park's tree-shaded paths. For city park information phone (507) 444-4321.
On the grounds of the Village of Yesteryear, 1448 Austin Rd., are 19th- and early 20th-century buildings, including a firehouse, two schoolhouses, a railroad station, a farm machinery building, a general store, a smithy, a church and the Dunnell Mansion and Museum. A history center displays rotating exhibits. Guided tours of the complex are available; phone (507) 451-1420.
Architect Louis H. Sullivan, a mentor of Frank Lloyd Wright, designed Wells Fargo, at Broadway and Cedar streets, in 1908. Across the street is the Federated Insurance Companies office complex. Both buildings exhibit such Prairie architectural style embellishments as stained-glass windows, marble, ornamental wrought iron, terra cotta and leaded glass.
Visitor Centers Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism 320 Hoffman Dr. Owatonna, MN 55060. Phone:(507)451-7970 or (800)423-6466
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