9:00 - 7.7 miles / 15 minutes - 9:15
St. Thomas Catholic Church
The present church was built in 1870 to replace previous
structures built in 1855 and 1862. It is on the National Register
of Historic Places and national documentation calls it the first
Irish agrarian settlement in Minnesota.
9:30 - 5.3 miles / 10 minutes - 9:41
Joseph R. Brown Heritage Center and Minnesota River Center
In Henderson, an interpretive center tells the life story of this exceptional man and the story of the Minnesota River Valley.
10:11 - 5.5 miles / 11 minutes - 10:22
W. W. Mayo House
Before founding the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Dr. William W. Mayo set up his first medical practice in Minnesota from this nationally registered, gothic-style home he built in 1859. In 1874 the Cosgrove family -- founders of the Minnesota Valley Canning Company, which eventually became the Green Giant Company -- moved into the home.
Costumed, interpretive tours of the home and its original furnishings are available. Tour guides tell the stories of both of these prominent Minnesota families. The Mayo House Interpretive Society
administers this Minnesota Historical Society
10:52 - 12.4 miles / 24 minutes - 11:16
Lower Sioux Agency History Center
This is the site of one of two agencies built by the federal
government to house government employees on the reservation set up
for the Dakota people so that they would learn farming practices.
An original stone warehouse remains standing. An interpretive
center tells the story of the history of the agency site and the
nearby Redwood Ferry Ambush site.
In 1852, a reservation along the Minnesota River was just four
percent of the land the Dakota previously inhabited. Some Dakota
adapted to white agricultural practices. However, crops failed in
1861 and by the summer of 1862 families were starving. The agency
distributed the money, food, and supplies for which the Dakota had
sold their land. However, the agent refused to give out their food
payments. By mid-August the Dakota could wait no longer. They
attacked the Agency, destroying buildings and taking food for their
Explore the history and culture of the Dakota, learn how
government employees and missionaries sought to change their
traditional way of life at the agency, and discover the roots of
the US/Dakota Conflict of 1862 in the visitor center exhibit.
Outdoors, investigate the original 1861 agency warehouse and three
miles of trails with interpretive signs telling of the agency's
11:16 - 11.3 miles / 22 minutes - 11:39
R.D. Hubbard House
Built in 1871, this French Second Empire mansion is one of the finest homes built in Mankato during the 19th
Century. It has been restored to its 1905 appearance and showcases carved woodwork, three marble fireplaces, Tiffany and Quetzal lights and silk wall coverings. The Carriage House is home to numerous horse drawn carriages and mechanical vehicles, including a stage coach from the 1870s and a restored 1916 fire
engine. The landscaped grounds include the award winning Palmer Centennial Gardens. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is open for walk in visitors during the summer.
12:39 - 193.9 miles / 6 hours 27 minutes - 19:07
Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway - end