Minnesota is a state with some great museums. There are state-of-the-art ones like the highly-touted Minneapolis Institute of Art; the Weisman Art Museum; and the Minnesota History Museum. Then there are the quirky ones, such as the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting, Ed’s Museum in Wykoff, the SPAM Museum, and even a Museum of Questionable Medical Devices. And like many great off-the-beaten-path attractions, the Minnesota Military Museum seems to fly under the radar. It’s another hidden gem, right in the middle of Minnesota. Literally.
One of the last remaining craftsmen to keep this tradition alive, Ray Boessel Jr. makes birch-bark canoes in the same fashion that the voyaguers, settlers, fur-traders and Natives made hundreds of years ago. He does this in a barn at Hafeman Boat Works near the Big Fork River just outside of Bigfork, MN. And it’s amazing.
Down near Glenwood, MN, along a lake cabin-studded road on Lake Amelia, there is a collection of over a dozen repurposed outhouses, each taking on a different theme. This is a project 5 years in the making, open to the public for free viewing during the summer months, found in someone’s yard across the street from a lake home. It’s called Pottyville, and it’s quite the place. Continue reading
We travel out to the East Coast this week for a Highway Highlights update. While out in Boston, MA for a work trip I had a chance to do a little sightseeing, and the Mapparium did not disappoint. Found inside the Mary Baker Eddy Library adjacent to the Christian Science Mother Church in Boston’s historic Back Bay Neighborhood, this is one of the most impressive and underrated sights I have seen to date. Continue reading
It may come as a surprise to visitors (and even many Minnesotans) that even the most simple sounding town names are pronounced differently by the locals. And while in the past I have written about great Minnesota town names, and the extremely uncreative ones, here are 6 towns in our great state that you are probably pronouncing wrong.