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Hello and welcome to Pipestone. If you will take the time to stop and explore our wonderful community, you will discover a prairie gem, rich in culture and history.

Pipestone has the distinction of having one of Minnesota's largest historic districts, with many beautiful quartzite buildings, all listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We also have one of the two Federal National Monuments in Minnesota, which is a "must see" when you visit. American Indians still quarry the Red Pipestone and visitors are encouraged to watch live demonstrations of pipes and crafts being carved. But no visit to the Monument is complete without a walk through the Coteau Prairie which includes a view of the Winnewissa Falls.

We are a community whose residents not only preserve the past, but in many ways live it. Locals turn out in force to participate in our annual Longfellow's legendary "Song of Hiawatha" pageant which is held the last two weekends in July and the first weekend of August. This production has thrilled young and old alike for over 50 years. Other exciting events celebrated include the Pipestone Original Indian Community Pow Wow held in July and the Pow Wow/Blessing of the Quarries enacted in August. Then the Civil War Days encampment and mock battles is held every other year. For the history buffs or just the curious, a stop at the County Historical Museum to see first hand the wealth of history artfully preserved and displayed is a treat.

An evening at the theater is most relaxing and enjoyable at Pipestone's own Performing Arts Center. Entertainment is offered to appeal to all ages, from classic to country folk to community theater.

We also offer fine dining at our local restaurants, as well as rustic overnight accommodations at the Historic Calumet Inn. Here your hotel room is, as it was, in the decor of our historic past.

As for recreation, we offer the beautiful modern Ewert Recreation Center, our new Family Aquatic Center, and golf at our nine-hole course.

Unlike most "tourist stops", Pipestone has not lost its charm and affordability. We are friendly and we hope that when you stop by that you will enjoy your stay, as well as our community, as much as we do.

I have only touched on some of the "Highlight" features and events that we offer. For a more detailed overview of Pipestone, I invite you to browse our website at www.pipestoneminnesota.com, better yet, put us on your vacation itinerary.

(Welcome Friend)

Respectfully Yours,

Darrel Tinklenberg


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