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World Atlas Small Town Best Historic Districts

Several SE Minnesota communities are getting some nice publicity as part of a list of Small Towns in Minnesota that have the best Historic Districts published by World Atlas.

Lake City is featured and it’s pointed out that it’s the birthplace of waterskiing, Ralph Samuelson pioneered the sport on Lake Pepin. Stroll through Lake City’s five-block Historic District with wooden residential architecture that is increasingly difficult to find nationwide. Bring history home at the Lake Pepin Pearl Button Company, an antique shop in an immaculate brick and wood building built in 1866.

Hastings makes the list as well. World Atlas highlights the fact that Hastings has 60 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. You can saunter and gaze at West Second Street Residential Historic District’s thirteen architectural gems built from 1857-1890. Walking tours can be arranged Monday-Friday, 9-3. Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Fasbender Clinic, built in 1957. 

Winona also makes the list, having three major historic districts. Winona’s most distinguishing landmark is Sugarloaf Bluff. It has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1990 but has been a revered landmark for much longer.

The Dakota referred to it as the cap of their storied Chief Wabasha.


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