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Self-Guided Tours Historical Highlights | Betsy & Tacy | US -Dakota War


Step Back in time with Betsy-Tacy – Discover Deep Valley

Sitting quietly on top of Center Street Hill in Mankato you’ll find the childhood home of Maud Hart Lovelace, beloved author of the Betsy-Tacy series of children’s books. As you are visiting the many significant Betsy-Tacy sites on this tour try to erase the view of modern advances and imagine a simpler time of the early 1900s when horses and buggies filled the streets. According to Maud Hart Lovelace, many of the characters in her books are based on real people. Their homes are located throughout the neighborhood. The Discover Deep Valley brochure lets you take a walking tour of the most significant landmarks mentioned in the Betsy-Tacy books. The Betsy-Tacy houses are open for tours as well. Please contact the Betsy-Tacy Society for that schedule at 507.345.9777. Learn More about the Betsy-Tacy Society tours. Go>

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Honor Mankato’s Veterans – Veterans Memorial Tour

Hikers and bikers can honor the service of all veterans any day of the year by visiting the greater Mankato area’s 14 memorial sites on the Trail for Heroes. This 12-mile scenic route winds through the two historic city centers and beautiful natural landscapes as it leads visitors to monuments that commemorate the sacrifices of veterans from the 1800s to the present day. The route uses public roads and trails that are easily accessible on foot and bike, and parking is available at most locations if you prefer to reach the sites by vehicle. Amenities along the way include parks with varieties of recreational opportunities, and businesses with shopping, dining and other services.

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Take Time to Heal from a Troubled Past  – The US-Dakota Conflict of 1862 Self-Guided Tour

It has been more than 150 years since the U.S.-Dakota Conflict. At least 450 white settlers and soldiers lost their lives along with many unrecorded Dakota casualties and forced removals. In the present day we try to understand the events leading up to the conflict along with the grim outcome – the simultaneous hanging of 38 Dakota on December 26, 1862. It was the largest mass execution in U.S. history. The U.S.-Dakota Conflict also was the largest attack on settlers in the history of the U.S. This self-guided tour brings you to 33 sites of the U.S.-Dakota Conflict.

Each site offers a brief description of its significance.

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Twenty-Five Insights into Mankato’s History – City Center History Walking Tour

The History Walking Tour includes 25 historical sites in Mankato. The tour offers photos and brief descriptions of each site and a detailed map to help you find your way through Mankato’s fascinating history.

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Take a Drive – Minnesota Scenic Byway

Explore the Minnesota River Valley in your own vehicle. This scenic byway takes you on a journey down the roads and highways that follow the Minnesota River. Take in stunning views of the river and bluffs, see wildlife and stop to explore the river towns and cities. The Minnesota Scenic Byway has many suggestions for historical places to visit in the greater Mankato area. Learn More. Go>

Surrounded by History – Blue Earth County Historical Society

Explore the Mankato’s history with Blue Earth County Historical Society’s Podcast. Learn about the history of area parks, events and landmarks around the Greater Mankato region. Learn More. Go>

Old Town Historic Walking Tour

The Mankato Heritage Preservation Commission takes you on a tour that weaves together the past and the present. This area represents the most extensive remaining architecture of Mankato prior to Urban Renewal in the 1970s.The Old Town walking tour begins at 301 North Front Street, now Riverfront Drive, and continues to the 700 block (Oleander) and back to 302 North Front Street, now Riverfront Drive.  We encourage you to visit the businesses along the route to step inside, you may find historic features intact such as tin ceilings or wood floors.

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