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Jun 5, 2018 - Austin, MN

5-Jun-18 Austin, Minnesota Spam is produced by Hormel Foods. Hormel Foods was founded by George Hormel in 1891 and became a very successful company providing ham product to the public. Hormel is a fortune 500 company that sells their products under over 30 brands and in more than 60 countries. But this post is about Spam! We were given a personal tour of the museum by Vic who is very knowledgeable on the subject of the company Hormel and spam. Vic’s tutorial on the company and history of Spam was about 2 hours. We received all there is to...

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Jul 12, 2016 - Spam Museum

We heard that the SPAM MUSEUM was nearby so I knew we just had to go see it. Our friend Helen is from Hawaii and wanted me to find out how SPAM came to be so connected to Hawaiian cuisine. We headed over to Austin, MN to find the museum. Austin is a lovely old city with some tall brick buildings, new and old. We passed by the Austin High School, just on one side and I thought it was a very large school until we saw the front of it and was really amazed at its size (see the photos). We found the museum in the newer part of downtown. I found...

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May 17, 2014 - Austin, MN - The Day the Music Died, and SPAM

(Ron Writing) We left Algona, IA this morning continuing east on US-18. We made a brief stop at Britt, IA, the town where the annual Hobo Convention is held. We also learned the difference between a hobo, tramp, and bum! We continued east to Clear Lake, IA where Buddy Holly had his last performance “the day the music died”. We drove about 6 miles northeast of town to the crash site to see the small memorial out in the middle of a cornfield at the spot where rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper"...

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Jul 25, 2013 - Off to the Spam Museum

July 25, 2013 Amana Colonies, IA – Austin, MN 207 miles We departed from the Amana colonies at 9 AM after a hearty breakfast and packing up our gear. We have established a routine to get the motorhome and Jeep packed and unpacked at each campground. Pam is learning each task and becoming more helpful with every passing day. We have a printed checklist to get the Jeep into/out of neutral transmission mode, unlocking the steering wheel for towing, changing the freezer to car battery mode, transferring the GPS to the motorhome or Jeep, and...

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Jun 8, 2012 - SPAM...SPAM...SPAM, Miracle in a CAN

The home of Hormel Foods is in Austin, Minnesota. The museum is dedicated to SPAM and all the other Hormel products. I found a very good slide show on line. Check out the SPAM 101 LINK. It was very interactive. I liked how they used a multimedia approach to telling their story. There were puppets of Gracie and George Burns, video soldiers talking about eating SPAM everyday and of course the Monty Python Vikings singing the SPAM song. The gift shop sells flavors that are marketed around the world, but not necessarily in the U.S. We sampled...

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Oct 8, 2011 - Austin, Minnesota

Then it was on to Austin, MN, the home of Hormel and the SPAM Museum. SPAM was created in 1937 by Jay Hormel and is served around the world in 37 countries. Interesting museum with a lot of hands on things. Gas here was $3.39/gallon, we are now filled and ready to go in the morning.

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Sep 10, 2011 - Spam & Home In Mo!

We got the Jeep back on Friday afternoon. So glad they got it going. If we'd had to wait longer we'd been in Mitchell over the weekend. Thank you Iverson Dodge, Mitchell, SD! We hooked up Saturday morning and headed east. We stopped at the Welcome to Minnesota rest stop and we realized we were going to be within 20 miles of the SPAM museum!! Well, who could pass that up! So off we headed to Austin, MN. Jim put the peddle to the metal and off we went. He didn't even want to stop for lunch. Hoping we could get a Spam Burger. We found the...

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Jun 27, 2011 - SPAM Museum, Owatonna and Faribault

We had another surprise from the weather folks this morning. Last night the forecast indicated the area had an 80% chance of rain coupled with promises for thunderstorms ALL day. So imagine our surprise when we tuned into the weather channel this morning and saw the storm split in half and nothing coming our way! We got underway around 9:00 heading south with Austin being our initial destination approximately 80 miles away and opted to take the scenic route. It still was overcast, but not with the rain clouds. Our route took us through...

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Jun 18, 2011 - Austin, Minnesota

Today's excursion started out as a trip to Rochester, MN. There was supposed the be some sort of festival. We found out after getting there that the RochesterFest actually runs for a week and various events occur all over town on various days. We just missed the bed races. Managed to get few pictures of the beds. We decided we have plenty of time so we went to the little trown of Austin, MN. This town is where George Hormel founded the famous meat packing company. Everyone is familiar with Hormel Hams and Dinty Moore Stew, but the most...

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May 30, 2011 - Spam Museum

Opened in 2000, the Spam Museum doesn't just chronicle the history of the Hormel company but of the country. George Hormel worked at a slaughterhouse in Chicago before becoming a traveling buyer of wool and hide. He settled in Austin Minnesota, borrowed $500, and started a meat business in 1891. The company grew slowly but was successful. In 1926 he made the first canned ham called "Hormel Flavored Sealed Ham." Jay became president in 1929 after his father retired. He introduced Dinty Moore Beef Stew in 1935 when his company was left with...

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May 15, 2009 - Austin, Minnesota

We travelled just 3 1/2 hours today from Sioux Falls to Austin. The weather was good except the wind was really strong so we went threw almost 1 1/2 tanks of gas to get this far. We didn't want a long day today just wanted to get part way and have a day of rest. We napped this afternoon and it was great we could hear the rain on the roof. We're staying at another Yogi Bear RV Park it's a fairly new one in their chain and they are just starting to fix it up. I think it will be very nice once their finished, a very nice family owns it so they...

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Aug 22, 2008 - On the Road to Green Bay, WI.... with a stop in Spamland

Listening to the radio again – it’s really interesting to hear the kind of stuff that they broadcast. Today we learned that the State of Alabama has decided it has some of the fattest people in the country, which results in really high medical insurance costs. Soooooo the state has told its workers that they have a year to lose weight, or else pay $25/month to cover the increased cost of medical insurance. This heartening news was interspersed with perky polka tunes. I’m glad to know Alabama is getting a handle on the fried Snickers...

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