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Sep 18, 2013 - Pipestone MN

"At an ancient time the Great Spirit, in the form of a large bird, stood upon the wall of rock and called all of the tribes around him, and breaking out a piece of red stone formed it into a pipe and smoked it, the smoke rolling over the whole multitude. He then told his red children that this red stone was their flesh, that they were made from it, that they must all smoke to him through it, that they must use it for nothing but pipes: and as it belonged alike to all the tribes, the ground was sacred, and no weapons must be used or brought...

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Sep 17, 2013 - Fargo to Pipestone

We arrived in Pipestone Minnesota late this afternoon. The weather has been crummy all day and there has been nothing to take a picture of. Pipestone is the home of the Pipestone National Monument. We plan to stay here tomorrow (Wednesday) and I will have more on that, including some pictures tomorrow.

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Jun 30, 2012 - Traveling to Pipestone National Monument

Well, didn’t sleep too well because of the many truckers coming and going from the Wal-mart Parking lot. But..got some white chocolate caramel cappuccino this morning in Wal-mart. A large was only 80 cents including tax. That has kept us going all day…and I mean going……..first Janice then me. Boy, are we a pair. We left Nebraska and drove over 200 miles into Minnesota. Before getting into Minnesota we finally saw a DQ (Dairy Queen for those of you not knowing ). After two weeks of craving a DQ, Janice finally was able to have her wish....

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Jun 18, 2012 - Falls Park, Pipestone NM, Palisades SP, Devil's Gulch

Today is our 24th wedding anniversary! Didn't do anything special to celebrate this year...We did go out to eat for all our meals today though and spent the entire day together. Sioux Falls was named for the cascading falls in town on the Big Sioux River. There is a beautiful park (Falls Park) around the falls with walking and driving bridges across the water and many viewpoints. We explored the park to see the falls from different angles and loved watching a family of ducks slipping around on the rocks and puddles. The rocks creating the...

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Summer 2012

Oct 8, 2011 - Pipestone Nat. Monument

Oct 8 Left early this morning around 6:15. We wanted to get to Pipestone Nat. Monument early so we could get to Austin, MN before the SPAM museum closed. Had a few sprinkles along the way but not too bad, of course the car we washed yesterday is now dirty again, but not near as dirty as it was. This southwestern corner of Minnesota is known for strong winds and there are huge windmills all over the landscape. Pipestone National Monument was established in 1932 to preserve the pipestone quarries that have been used by Indian tribes for...

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Aug 31, 2011 - Pipestone, MN

/// Pipestone RV Campground Pipestone, MN // Wednesday – August 31, 2011 Low Temperature: 65 degrees High Temperature: 88 degreees A Travel Day: After saying our farewells to our neighbors at Wisconsin Riverside Resort, we were on the road by 8:30 AM. I had studied the map, reviewed the various GPS routes and finally decided to take the long route and avoid the rolling hills of southwest Wisconsin. We made very good time for the first leg of today's trip with great road conditions, light traffic and nice cool weather. At our first rest...

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Jul 25, 2011 - Good night John Boy

A planned travel day turned into a very interesting roadside stop. I was driving and Shirley was looking and we came into a small town in MN called Walnut Grove. Sound familiar? Yes Little House on the Prairie was in Walnut Grove! Laura Ingles Wilder wrote about her adventures crossing the prairie and settling in the mid west. Remember there was a Laura Ingles on the show? Nice museum and memories. Then we headed for our overnight stop in Pipestone MN. We are at the far southwest corner of Minnesota bordering South Dakota, Iowa and...

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Jul 14, 2011 - Pipestone, Minnesota

We arrived in Pipestone, MN today. The campgound would be okay, but they have had so much rain, the place is a mud hole. The park management needs to invest in some gravel and sand. We will use this as a base of operations for the next three days or so. My best man who I have not seen in 35 years lives in nearby Garretson, SD. Pipestone is nearby to Pipestone National Monument. There is a pipestone quarry in the monument. Pipestone is used to make prayer pipes used by native Americans. It is believed that their prayers are lifted on the...

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Jun 15, 2011 - Pipestone National Monument in Pipestone, MN

Today we were up and ready to get out and explore. The last two days were miserably rainy, windy and chilly. Not good days to get out and do any sightseeing. Realizing our time was drawing to a close here in Iowa, we decided we were going to drive up to Pipestone National Monument (NM) in Pipestone, Minnesota regardless of the weather! We were underway by 0845 driving along some of the most picturesque two-lane roads with these darling farms, silos and wonderful barns with cupolas on top. Pictures did NOT do any justice to these bucolic...

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Jun 2, 2011 - Pipestone National Monument

Les said I simply had to meet Margaret - a local fixture ( and celebrity). She has owned this "notions" shop forever and still opens the business everyday even though she is going on 96 years old. It reminded me of the Woolworth when I was a kid in Brooklyn. What a step back in time! This afternoon Cheryl and her friend Arliss were going to a farm in Pipestone to buy organic pork. Beautiful farmland around here where there are dogs, cats, rabbits, and - oh yes - a freezer full of chops, roasts, ribs, etc. With the trunk loaded with two...

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Jul 28, 2010 - Southwest Minnesota

This area is known for its windmills and pipestone rock. We have seen windmills throughout the country, but southwest Minnesota has a dense “population” of windmill farms. In this area, is a geographic feature called Buffalo Ridge. It is has a constant wind of 18 mph which makes it excellent for windmills. All the power produced in this area is sent to the Twin Cities. We have always wanted to get up close to one of these graceful giants and finally had the opportunity while here. We went 20 miles north to a little town called Lake Benton....

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Jun 18, 2010 - Pipestone National Monument

Every once in awhile we find a red dot on the map for something that looks interesting. It said Pipestone National Monument just across the border from where we were staying. I looked it up in my AAA guide and found out that it is the location where American Indians quarried pipestone, a soft, carvable stone for ceremonial pipes. We took a chance and drove over there. It was a beautiful experience learning about the importance of pipes in the spiritual life of Indians and seeing the beauty of what they consider a sacred place. Indians are...

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