Indian Peace Pipe Quarries

Trip Start Nov 15, 2011
Trip End Nov 14, 2012

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Friday, June 8, 2012

We walked around Pipestone last evening to look at the many commercial buildings from the late 1880s which were built using the local Sioux Quartzite stone.  The stone comes in several shades of red, and the buildings are quite distinctive.  Pipestone also has one of only two concrete water towers to be found in the US.

Today we visited the Pipestone National Monument.  The relatively soft red pipestone is found as a layer in the hard Sioux Quartzite stone, and has been quarried here for thousands of years to make peace pipes.  The area is considered by the American Indians to be a sacred site and only they are allowed to quarry here.  Cliff was interested in purchasing a peace pipe but the really nice ones are very expensive!

Next we visited the End-O-Line Railroad Museum in Currie, then the Wheels Across the Priarie Museum at Tracy.

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