Located in the heart of the Twin Cities, Fort Snelling State Park offers extensive hiking, bike and ski trails that link to Minnehaha Park and the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Canoe on Gun Club Lake, play golf, swim in Snelling Lake, or hike on Pike Island where the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers converge. Interpretive exhibits and films on display in the Thomas C. Savage Visitor Center give visitors a good background on the history and resources of the park and area. Trails also allow visitors to hike up to the historic Fort Snelling for a view of military life in the 1820s. This is a day-use only park; no camping is available.
Take the Post Road exit off Highway 5 and follow the signs.
ROY WILKINS MEMORIAL
The memorial, which was constructed in 1995, is located in a prominent position reserved for well-known Minnesota citizens and leaders -- on John Ireland Boulevard, midway between the State Capitol and the St. Paul Cathedral. Designed to symbolize Wilkins and his life’s work, the now-completed memorial is a unique piece of art that spans 50 by 75 feet and includes 46 different elements (e.g., walls, portraits, quotes and a spiral), representing Wilkins’ 46 years with the National Association for the Advancement for Colored People (NAACP).
River Centre, 175 West Kellog Boulevard, is a huge building where they hold trade shows and conventions. There was a bridal show the day I was there. I did not stay for the bridal show. I already have the best bride a man could ask for.
I selected this photo to show you another feature of St. Paul. There are glass enclosed walkways connecting the buildings. It is a good idea to use these walkways during cold weather.
Minnesota Children's Museum is at the corner of Seventh and Wabasha. Nice place for parents with children. I went in even though I don't have kids. The section about the muppets was interesting. I also liked the forest life and nature section.
Landmark Center is in this great building facing Rice Park. It used to be the post office. The second floor is an art museum which is free to the public. Don't miss the lower level. There you will find old news paper clippings under glasss that tell the history of St. Paul during the gangster years of the 30's. St. Paul was gangster headquarters at one time.
This sign is on Summit Avenue near the big Cathedral. It is an area of older historic homes. Just beyond the sign you can see part of the James J. Hill House. Mr. Hill was a railroad tycoon and had the mansion built in 1891. Wednesdays through Saturdays you can take a tour of the 36,000 square foot house. Call 651-297-2555 to reserve a tour.
This is one of the stain glass windows inside of the huge Cathedral of St. Paul. You can't miss the huge cathedral high on a hill. It is right up John Ireland from the Capitol and caddy corner across the street from the History Center. It is a magnificent building. I don't have a photo outside the building because it was raining so I took this photo inside. Address is 239 Selby Avenue. Really should take a moment to go inside this place. It is largest cathedral I have seen in the US.
At the History Center in the A to Z I saw this one. 'L' is for Loon. I like birds and some of my friends claim I am a bit looney. The loon exhibit was neat. There is a sign explaining the loons language and a button to push in order to hear the lonely cries of a loon across a lake. It is a sound every nature lover associates with Minnesota.
Luther Seminary's library (2491 Como Ave.) has one of only 3 extant copies of Martin Luther's deathmask and castings of the reformer's hands.
Outside the library is Old Muskego Church, the first church Norwegian immigrants built in this country. It's a favorite site for weddings in warmer months. Get the key at the library circulation destk.
It's only about a 35 minute drive from St. Paul but well worth spending time there.
My Stillwater Page%L
Stillwater is a quaint town on the banks of the St. Croix River on the Minnesota/Wisconsin border (Eau Claire is on the Wisconsin side).
Minnesota Museum of American Art is the FREE art museum on the second floor of the Landmark Center, 75 West 5th Street. www.landmarkcenter.org
I parked my car near the Minnesota Vietnam Veteran's Memorial below the Capitol about half way to the History Center. The sidewalk here was lined with these trees in full Autumn color.
I'd like to dedicate this travel page to my two sister in laws. They always show us a great time when ever we go and visit them in Minnesota. Thank you Rhonda and Roberta.