Top 10 Coolest Courthouses in Minnesota

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.


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Rapidan Dam and Store, Rapidan, MN


It’s always amazing to me how many beautiful Minnesota marvels just seem to fly completely under the radar.  Take the Rapidan Dam just south of Mankato, for example. Spanning 475 feet across the Blue Earth River, the dam is one of Minnesota’s oldest,  largest, and most impressive. But most people outside of the Mankato area have never even heard of it. Continue reading

Ye Old Mill at the Minnesota State Fair

millThe Great Minnesota Get-Together, running for 12 days each summer culminating on Labor Day, is the largest state fair in the country with the exception of Texas, whose fair goes a few days longer. The event can see up to a million people each year, sometimes with over 100,000 people/day.  Set in Falcon Heights, (a “suburb” of St. Paul), the fair is massive, swelling with people, and a rite of passage for any true Minnesotan. Most go for the endless, gut-busting fried food-on-a-stick options, the people watching, or maybe to take in a concert. But among the countless traditions, the one that stands out among them all is Ye Old Mill. Continue reading