This week we take a look at some Public Works architecture in Minnesota and how it came to be: the “Rustic Style” design of many buildings found in Minnesota’s State Park systems. The idea behind this style was to blend in with the natural environment and often used local timber and stone to create the structures, all by hand. Utilitarian, yet beautiful and impressive.
A few articles ago, we looked at some hidden gems on Minnesota’s prairie region. And while Minnesota is best known for its more popular regions like the rugged, coastal-like North Shore, the pine-tree-and-blue-waters Lakes Country, the fast-paced Metropolitan Twin Cities, and the scenic, bluff-lined Southeast, the western 1/3 of the state often gets overlooked. So here are 5 more hidden gems found on the prairie that must be seen to be believed.
At HighwayHighlights.com, we love to explore the quirky side of all things Minnesota. A couple years ago, we wrote about of Minnesota’s funniest High School Mascots. This week, we jump back into that world to explore a handful more. And while most of Minnesota’s school mascots are just the standard-issue animals or warriors, there are a few whose logos that are just carbon-copy ripoffs of your favorite NFL teams. Like…..
5. Hinckley-Finlayson Jaguars:
Another Minnesota hidden gem that I’ve had on the radar for the better part of a decade is the ruins of an old stone barn, found on the flat plains of western Minnesota. The barn was built in the early 1900’s and has since fallen into disrepair. It stands on the side of a dirt road, magnificent, deserted, and silent. Continue reading
There are 87 counties in Minnesota, and just like each of its 10,000+ lakes, they each have their own individual quirks and characteristics. And at the epicenter of each county is a town dubbed the “County Seat,” where the county courthouse is located. Architecturally, the courthouses run the gamut – many are historic and beautiful, built with locally-quarried stone, and some have been demolished and replaced with updated, modern structures. But of all the beauties to choose from, here are Highway Highlights’ Top 10 Coolest Courthouses in Minnesota.