Pipestone County (pop. 9,596) is west of Murray County, on the border with South Dakota.
The county was named for the brownish-red rock that has been quarried in the area by Native Americans for centuries – for use in making sacred pipes.
Pipestone National Monument, created in 1933, preserves the quarries for exclusive use of Native Americans.
The monument has a short trail to Winnewissa Falls.
The county seat of Pipestone County is the town of Pipestone (pop. 4,317).
The four-story Calumet Hotel, now known as the Calumet Inn, opened in downtown Pipestone in 1888.
Pipestone has a 132-foot, concrete water tower, built in 1921. It was replaced by a newer tower in 1976.
A famous photograph was taken on July 8, 1927, of a tornado near the town of Jasper (pop. now 633).
Pipestone County has no natural lakes, but Split Rock Lake was created when the Works Project Administration built a dam in 1938.
The Woodstock Music Festival (1969) was not held in Woodstock, Minnesota (pop. 124).
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