Back in 1882, Josiah A. King and his crew of landmen were doing some surveying for logging and mapping purposes in Northern Minnesota, right around the time the state was being settled. It is said that the harsh November weather (freezing rain, snow, etc) coupled with the crew living out of canvas tents for months with not much food led to a classic mix-up: a six-square mile area of forest was plotted on their map as being a swamp. Subsequently, the area was spared of loggers cutting down the majestic pine trees here that are over 350 years old.
From classic tourist sites like the Statue of Liberty and the Space Needle to bucket-list standby’s like the Grand Canyon and the Golden Gate Bridge, each state has their share of must-see attractions, monuments, landmarks, or natural scenic areas. Minnesota is no exception. And although we do have the nation’s largest mall and four major sports teams, it’s the following pictures that are truly emblematic of the North Star State.