Minnesota: Goodhue County

Goodhue County (pop. 46,183) is between Rice County and the Mississippi River.

The county seat is Red Wing (pop. 16,459); Red Wing Shoes Company was founded in Red Wing in 1905, and the company is still headquartered there.

The World’s Largest Boot, at the flagship store in Red Wing

Barn Bluff in Red Wing is a landmark along the Mississippi, rising 400 feet above the river.

Barn Bluff, Red Wing, and the Mississippi

Amtrak’s “Empire Builder,” between Chicago and Seattle (and Portland), stops at Red Wing’s old Milwaukee Road depot.

It opened in 1905.

The T.B. Sheldon Memorial Auditorium opened in Red Wing in 1904.

It’s now called the Sheldon Concert Hall.

Bob Dylan’s song “Walls of Red Wing,” recorded in 1963, was about the reform school for boys in Red Wing – now the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Red Wing.

“Oh, some of us will end up in St. Cloud prison.”

The town of Zumbrota (pop. 3,252) has Minnesota’s last remaining covered bridge.

Located 100 yards from its original (1869) location

Cannon Falls (pop. 4,083) is the home of Pachyderm Studio, where Nirvana recorded “In Utero” in 1993.

Their third and final studio album.


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