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Visit the Historic District
Your trip to Pipestone won’t be complete without a visit to
our Downtown Historic District. A trip down Main Street will
take you to the heart of the district.
OƵr pioneers leŌ Ƶs a leŐacǇ in stone. &rom the ƋƵarries
nearďǇ craŌsmen oďtained plenƟfƵl sƵpplies of naƟve
SioƵǆ YƵartǌite ďƵildinŐ stone which theǇ Ƶsed for com-
mercial and pƵďlic ďƵildinŐs.
ManǇ of these ďƵildinŐs remain for oƵr admiraƟon todaǇ.
Several of them have been fully restored. Several are
pictƵred on these paŐes.
/n the late 1ϵ70͛s these ƵniƋƵe ďƵildinŐs were recoŐniǌed
ďǇ their desiŐnaƟon as a historic district on the NaƟonal
ZeŐister. /t was one of the Įrst to ďe desiŐnated as a district
and its ďoƵndaries have ďeen fƵrther enlarŐed ďǇ local
desiŐnaƟon of sites.
dhese ďƵildinŐs were constrƵcted primarilǇ from 1880
to 1900. Most are in the downtown area or within a few
ďlocks thereof. zoƵ are invited to enjoǇ these ďƵildinŐs.
More informaƟon and ŐƵided toƵrs are availaďle at the
Pipestone CoƵntǇ MƵseƵm, 113 SoƵth Hiawatha ;M-11 on
mapͿ. WalkinŐ toƵr ďrochƵres are also availaďle.
Some ďƵildinŐs in Pipestone are desiŐnated ďǇ these
markers. dheǇ Őive a ďrief resƵme of the historǇ of the
ďƵildinŐ and have ďeen placed as fƵnds permit ďǇ local
zoƵ͛ll Įnd Pipestone a town rich in historǇ, ďƵt amonŐ
commƵniƟes in Minnesota it was comparaƟvelǇ late to ďe
dhat͛s ďecaƵse seƩlers knew the area as ͞/ndian CoƵntrǇ͟
and there was some fear of seƩlinŐ near the ƋƵarries
where the /ndians oďtained their red stone for fashioninŐ
dhe Įrst seƩler was C.H. BenneƩ, who visited the area
in Septemďer 1873. A 20-ďlock townsite for the citǇ was
surveyed by Daniel E. Sweet the next April.
BenneƩ was a drƵŐŐist from >eMars, /owa. He was ďorn in
1846 in hnion CitǇ, Mich., one of foƵr towns foƵnded ďǇ his
father. ChoosinŐ a site aďoƵt a mile soƵth of the pipestone
ƋƵarries for the town, he erected the Įrst ďƵildinŐ in the
coƵntǇ at a site now occƵpied ďǇ Atlas &or >ife at 101 2nd
St. N. . ;M-ϵ map coordinatesͿ.
A replica of the 6 ǆ 8 ǆ 5 claim shantǇ has ďeen ďƵilt at
the Pipestone CoƵntǇ MƵseƵm. dhroƵŐhoƵt his lifeƟme
BenneƩ was a ceaseless promoter of the town and served
in manǇ capaciƟes.
He operated a drƵŐ store for manǇ Ǉears and his wife
promoted cƵltƵral acƟviƟes.
A small park was made at the corner of 2nd St. N.E. and
HiŐhwaǇs 75 Θ 23 and is dedicated in his memorǇ. dhe park
incorporates the BenneƩ stone from his drƵŐ store ďƵild-
inŐ. ;dhe drƵŐ store was raǌed several Ǉears aŐo.Ϳ
Daniel Sweet, who surveyed the town, later served as a
proďate jƵdŐe and postmaster and Őave the citǇ several
tracts of land, inclƵdinŐ that now occƵpied ďǇ the CoƵrt-
hoƵse and ŐroƵnds.
Pipestone Court House • Photo by Julie Carrow, Pipestone
Snowing Downtown Pipestone
Downtown Pipestone • Photo by Mark Thode, Pipestone