Sinking Barn, Zimmerman, MN

DSC_0989(1)Located a few miles east of the small town of Zimmerman, MN in central Minnesota, is an old rustic red barn, slowly falling into disrepair.  Barns like this aren’t uncommon around the US by any means, but what makes this one interesting is that it’s situated on a small peninsula and slowly sinking into a nearby pond, and one day it will no doubt be gone forever. Continue reading

Reverse Road, Finland, MN

Going off of a tip from a book about offbeat Minnesota attractions, we made our way up to the “Reverse Road” outside of Finland, MN which is a tiny little town on Highway 1; the windy, curvy road that connects Ely to Highway 61 along the North Shore.  It’s a beautiful area, nestled in between the Boundary Waters/Iron Range and the dramatic shoreline of Lake Superior, right in the Sawtooth Mountains.  The book talks about a road outside of town which climbs up some elevation to an old abandoned airbase, where a locked gate advises No Trespassing.  Supposedly, you drive to the top, and as you make your way back down the crests that lead up behind you, put the car and park, and the car starts rolling uphill.

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Joseph Wolf Brewery Caves, Stillwater, MN

DSC_0934It’s easy to make a case that Stillwater might be the prettiest city in Minnesota. There’s a lot to do there, most of which is found along the main stretch of the downtown buildings: there are shops, restaurants, a winery, a brewery, antique stores, and parks along the scenic, bluff-lined St. Croix River.  Head up the steep hill towards the historic courthouse and see blocks and blocks of impossibly beautiful Victorian homes. It’s one of the coolest cities in the state, and is also and the official birthplace of Minnesota. And part of Stillwater’s downtown is cut right into a section of a sandstone bluff; inside there are man-made caves which date back to the late 1800′s. Continue reading

Stave Church, Moorhead, MN

DSCN1431Moorhead, MN, has graced the pages of HighwayHighlights.com several times before.  Back in 2013 I wrote about the Hjemkomst Viking Ship, a replica of a famous Norwegian ship from the 1800′s that a guidance counselor named Robert Asp from Moorhead and his crew built in the 1970′s.  After Asp died in the early 80′s, the ship was sailed from Duluth, MN all the way to Norway.  In keeping with the Viking theme, there was later built a replica of a Norwegian Stave Church, or “Stavkirk,” on the grounds of the Hjemkomst Heritage Center, where the ship is permanently housed. Continue reading