Crosby, MN, on the shores of Serpent Lake, is home to another odd and peculiar roadside attraction – “Kahnah’ bek,” an Asian-influenced sea creature purported to live in the waters here, a la Loch Ness.
Mankato, MN, has the unfortunate distinction of being the site of the largest mass execution in US history. On Dec. 26, 1862, at the end of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, 38 Dakota Sioux Indians were publicly hanged by the US Army for their attack on white settlers in New Ulm, MN.
Nothing more than a dot on the map, Emmaville, MN, Population 4, is a classic little tourist spot that consists of a gas station, cafe, gift shop and motel-and-campground all in one. It’s a place known to the locals and tourists who frequent the area, but remains a hidden gem to most others. Part of the fun of this place are the quirky signs out front and around the building.
For those of you just tuning in, this week at Highway Highlights we visit the eastern part of Minnesota to a small town called Mora. Here in Mora, there is a giant replica of a Dalecarlian horse, which is a decorative, hand-carved toy for Swedish children back in the days of yore. Now it serves as a symbol of Sweden, much like a nutcracker statuette from Germany. Continue reading
In west-central Wisconsin, where rolling bluffs and scenic valleys make up much of the landscape, we visit a homemade labor of love this week at HighwayHighlights.com. The Wegner Grotto, built between 1929-1936, is a curious roadside attraction worth a stop.