Pipestone Travel Guide

  • The Pipestone County Court House
    The Pipestone County Court House
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  • Downtown Pipestone
    Downtown Pipestone
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  • Road Closed Sign with flashers.
    Road Closed Sign with flashers.
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Pipestone Things to Do

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    by etfromnc Updated Apr 4, 2011

    The best way to see downtown Pipestone is to walk. You can get a map from the Pipestone Convention & Visitors Bureau or on line. You could walk it in less than an hour or you could spend a day or more enjoying downtown Pipestone. Most of the buildings are made of quartzite stone and range in age from 95 - 120 years old. Many have gargoyles or other artistic carvings on them.

    The tour area is one block wide and about three or four blocks long. The guide will start you at Hiawatha Avenue and Main Street at the Historic District marker. In fact you can usually pick up a gude there.

    The Pipestone County Museum is within a block and occupies a quartzite 19th century building which served as the City Hall until about 1960.

    The Calumet Inn is diagonally across the intersection from the Historic District marker and has a reputation as one of the finest, if not the finest, hotels in the region.

    If you are only going to visit one building in Pipestone let it be the Courthouse which is probably the finest example of the architecture which makes this little town so worthy of a visit. There are also benches and lots of grand shade trees.

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  • by Anna1899 Updated Nov 8, 2009

    The directions to Pipestone National monument are North on Hiawatha Ave from Main Street. Turn left at Ft Pipestone (Don't miss stopping there either!) and follow the road past the 3 Maidens out to the interpretive center. The walk around the monument trail is very interesting and self guided providing benches to sit and take in the natural beauty of the formations, the falls or watch the ribbons on the Prayer trees from the last of the festivals held by Native Americans. You are truly in a place of peace and history. Enjoy.

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    The Pipestone County Court House

    by OnTheSiouxFallsSub Written Mar 8, 2008

    Another unique piece of Pipestone history, the Pipestone County Court House is made of mainly Quarsite and heavily rusticated masonry in the Beaux Style and remains in use to this day. The courthouse has 2 visable statues, one is of Lady Justice and is located on top of a dome on the roof of the clock tower. The other is of a civil war guy and is located in front of the courthouse. In front of him is something else cool, a World War 2 era Sherman tank. The entire Courthouse square is a sight that should be seen if you go to Pipestone.

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Pipestone Transportation

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    Highway 23 by Cargill near Pipestone 1 more image

    by OnTheSiouxFallsSub Updated Mar 8, 2008

    The main route between Pipestone and Jasper is Highway 23, other main routes include, Highways 75 and 30. If there is bad weather or other problems that block the road, the Minnesota DOT has several road closed signs with flashers and in some areas gates that are activated if a road is impassible.

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Pipestone Tourist Traps

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    by OnTheSiouxFallsSub Written May 19, 2005

    Ft. Pipestone is this building that looks like a fort and has a gift shop inside it's walls. The place is open daily during the summer and is a fun place to take the kids. Thats about it though.

    Unique Suggestions: Go into the gift shop.

    Fun Alternatives: Check out the Pipestone National Momument,it's really cool.

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Pipestone Off The Beaten Path

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    Rock Island Depot in Pipestone. 2 more images

    by OnTheSiouxFallsSub Updated May 29, 2005

    Used until the 1960s, by the Rock Island railroad, this old depot has been here since the 1900s, and is now a gift shop. It has a big peace pipe in front of it.

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