Welcome to The City of Pipestone MN
Hello and welcome to Pipestone. If you take the time to stop and explore our wonderful community, you will discover a prairie gem rich in culture and history.
Pipestone has one of Minnesota's largest historic districts with 20 beautiful quartzite buildings all listed on the National Historic Register. The Pipestone National Monument is a "must see" while you are visiting. Native Americans still quarry the red pipestone and visitors are encouraged to watch live demonstrations of pipes and crafts being carved. But no visit to the monument is complete without a walk through the Coteau prairie and a view of Winnewissa Falls.
Pipestone is a community whose people not only preserve the past, but in many ways live it. Locals turn out in force to celebrate the annual Watertower Festival which commemorates our community's restored landmark, the concrete watertower. This old watertower is one of only two left in Minnesota. Other exciting events include the Pipestone Original Indian Community Pow Wow held in July and the Pow Wow/Blessing of the Quarries enacted in August. The Civil War Days encampment and mock battles is held every other year. For the history buffs or just the curious, a stop at the County Historical Museum to see first hand the wealth of history artfully preserved and displayed, is a treat.
Pipestone has also moved from the past to the present by harvesting wind power with several windmill farms in our area. Enjoy the breathtaking beauty of these mighty giants as you travel to your destination!
An evening at the theater is most relaxing and enjoyable at Pipestone's own Performing Arts Theater. Entertainment is offered to appeal to all ages, from classical to country folk to community theater.
Enjoy Pipestone's hospitality at our newly built "Pipestone Crossings" hotel or any of our other hotels/motels. We also offer a campground and RV facility if that is your pleasure. We offer several fine restaurants for your eating enjoyment.
As for recreation, we offer the beautiful modern Ewert Recreation Center, our Family Aquatic Facility and golf at our nine-hole course.
Unlike most "tourist stops," Pipestone has not lost its charm or affordability. The people are friendly and we hope that you will enjoy your stay and enjoy our community as much as we do.
I have only touched on some of the "Highlight" features and events that we offer. Be sure to put us on your vacation itinerary!
Laurie Ness, Mayor
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