Pipestone National Monument

 

 

     
 
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282 acres

 
         
 

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36 Reservation Ave
Pipestone, MN 56164

N44 0.521, W96 19.067

 
         
 

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“The grounds are open 24 hours a day year-round so that visitors may walk the 3/4-mile Circle Trail at any time.”

 
         
 

Fees

 
 

“Pipestone National Monument Entrance Fee Temporarily Suspended - $0.00”

“Pipestone National Monument has temporarily suspended entrance fees until the program can be further evaluated. Visitors can access the Circle Trail, which leads to several points of interest around the park, and the Visitor Center, which includes a 22-minute film, museum, exhibits, and seasonal carving demonstrations.”

 
         
 

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          Pipestone County  
          Southwest Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

¾ mile paved trail

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

No hunting

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Prairie Parkland Province

   
  Ecological Section    

North Central Glaciated Plains

   
  Ecological Subsection    

Inner Coteau

   
  Land Type Association    

Trosky Till Plain

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Crystalline Bedrock Outcrop (Prairie), Sioux Quartzite Subtype

Mesic Oak Savanna (Southern)

Mesic Prairie (Southern)

Wet Prairie (Southern)

 

   
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Published on Aug 18, 2013

Pipestone National Monument is located in southwestern Minnesota, just north of the city of Pipestone, Minnesota. It is located along the highways of U.S. Route 75, Minnesota State Highway 23 and Minnesota State Highway 30. The catlinite, or "pipestone", has been traditionally used to make ceremonial pipes, vitally important to traditional Plains Indian religious practices. The quarries are sacred to most of the tribe of North America, Dakota, Lakota, and other tribes of Native Americans, and were neutral territory where all Nations could quarry stone for ceremonial pipes. The Sioux tribes may have taken control of the quarries around 1700, but the Minnesota pipestone has been found inside North American burial mounds dating from long before that, and ancient Indian trails leading to the area suggest pipestone may have been quarried there for many centuries.

 

 

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Published on Jul 16, 2013

This National Monument is truly a sacred place and has been for close to 2000 years. The Sioux account as to the origin of the pipestone, as recorded by George Catlin in 1836 states that .... At an ancient time the Great Spirit, in the form of a large bird, stood upon the wall of rock and called all the tribes around him, and breaking out a piece of the 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 tribes, the ground was sacred, and no weapons must be used or brought upon it.

In 1937 Congress established Pipestone National Monument to provide traditional quarrying for Indians. Today pipe carvings are appreciated as art-works as well as for ceremonial use. Once again, as commanded by the spirit bird in the Sioux story of it's creation, the pipestone here is quarried by an American Indian enrolled in a tribe recognized by the US Government. An age old tradition continues in the modern world, ever changing yet rooted in the past.

The unique and special stone is also referred to as Catlinite, named after George Catlin.

Be sure to enjoy the Circle Trail and take in beautiful Winnewissa falls and then explore the ancient quarries. The Native Americans who are tasked with quarrying the stone treat it with reverence and respect. Please do the same and not remove any pieces of the stone, nor intrude in the space assigned to each workman. The pipestone is still quarried by hand just as it has been for centuries.

   
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Uploaded on Dec 14, 2011

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Pipestone quarries in southwest Minnesota are a sacred place for Native American Indian tribes. Also, we will visit an old-time threshing bee, and college students learn to speak Chinese through song.

   
  Winnewissa Falls, Pipestone National Monument, Minnesota, April 2009
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panoramic view of the waterfall and surrounding area

   
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Published on May 16, 2013

Here are a few views of my visit to Pipestone National Monument. Most of this is the cliffs not the pipestone quarry areas. What a wonderful, sacred area.

   
  Pipestone National Monument in MN- October 2008
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Here is Pipestone National Monument - visited in OCT08

   

 

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Mammals

 
  eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)   eastern cottontail  
           
 
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Amphibians

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Amphibians and Reptiles List

 
         
 

Birds

 
 

eBird Field Checklist – Complete)

eBird Field Checklist – Three Maidens)

 
         
 

Fishes

 
 

One fish species with conservation status in Minnesota has been seen here:

Special Concern

Topeka shiner (Notropis topeka)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fishes List

 
         
 

Fungi and Lichens

 
 

One fungi and lichen species with conservation status in Minnesota has been seen here:

Special Concern

Black Disc Lichen (Buellia nigra)

 
 

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Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Lichens List

 
         
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

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Mammals

 
 

Two mammal species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:

Special Concern

big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus)

western harvest mouse (Reithrodontomys megalotis)

 
         
 

Plants

 
 

Fifteen plant species with conservation status in Minnesota are found here:

Endangered

blackfoot quillwort (Isoetes melanopoda)

hairy waterclover (Marsilea vestita)

western prairie fringed orchid (Platanthera praeclara)

Threatened

blue mudplantain (Heteranthera limosa)

disk water-hyssop (Bacopa rotundifolia)

tapertip flatsedge (Cyperus acuminatus)

two-headed water starwort (Callitriche heterophylla var. heterophylla)

Special Concern

buffalo grass (Buchloë dactyloides)

devil’s tongue (Opuntia humifusa var. humifusa)

Oregon woodsia (Woodsia oregana ssp. cathcartiana)

Scouler’s popcorn flower (Plagiobothrys scouleri)

slender plantain (Plantago elongata)

three-stamened waterwort (Elatine triandra)

tumblegrass (Schedonnardus paniculatus)

water mudwort (Limosella aquatica)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Crystalline Bedrock Outcrop (Prairie): Sioux Quartzite Subtype ROs12a2

Mesic Oak Savanna (Southern) UPs24a

Mesic Prairie (Southern) UPs23a

Wet Prairie (Southern) WPs54b

     
   

American cow parsnip

brittle prickly pear

crown vetch

silverleaf scurfpea

 
 

Reptiles

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Amphibians and Reptiles List

 
         

 

 

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