Historic Towns to Visit

Are you looking for a place to visit that has some history here in Minnesota?  Here are four towns that have something that you may find interesting.

Alexandria is home to the Runestone Museum.  This museum has displays of early pioneer life, Minnesota wildlife, Fort Alexandria with several authentic log buildings and the big claim to fame a display of Norse history including a 40ft. Viking ship.  Outside the museum is a 25ft. statue of Big Ole, a Viking, which was originally created for the World’s Fair in 1964.

Bemidji is an historic logging town close to forests and lakes and it claims to be the first city on the Mississippi.  The name Bemidji itself is another Indian name.  The town is linked to the folklore lumberjack Paul Bunyan and Babe, his blue ox.  This year, 2012, they are celebrating 75 years since the construction of the Paul Bunyan and Babe the blue ox statues.

The town of Roseau is about as far north as it gets, just 10 minutes from the Canadian border and it is not only known for its hockey, it is the birthplace of snowmobiling.  The Polaris snowmobile factory is located in Roseau and they usually have more than enough snow for snowmobiling.  You can get tours of the factory and they also have a Pioneer farm and village that are interesting to visit.

South of the Twin Cities you have Northfield which was founded in 1855.  Northfield is located in the Canon River Valley and the original idea was that the Canon River would be a source of energy.  Northfield is also the home of the Campbell Cereal Company and is still the only place in the world where hot cereal is produced. The Campbell Cereal Company has moved but the production facility is still there.

These four towns are fun to visit and offer some history that you may not otherwise find out about.  Some are just a day trip from the Twin Cities as well.

About wendycarson

If you're a buyer or seller, relocating from out of state or in town, an investor in a short sale or foreclosure situation, townhome or single family, acreage or development, new construction or existing, I'm here to serve your real estate needs! My main areas of business are residential real estate in the Twin Cities 13 County Metro Area and Western Wisconsin. I sell all types of residential real estate, from first time homes through executive properties, and specialize in relocation services working with various companies, organizations and universities throughout the Twin Cities. Because I pride myself on providing over-the-top customer service, the majority of my business comes from referrals. My educational background includes a BA in Communications from Central College, Pella, IA, and a Masters in Business Communication from the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN.
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