All across southern Minnesota there are stories of travel and movement from place to place. Here we share some interesting new routes to travel as you explore our history.

The itineraries below will lead the way for your journey and can generally be used as a whole, or in part for a shorter trip.

Owatonna to Red Wing
83 miles total

The SoMN region boasts over 150 entries on the National Register of Historic Places. This itinerary can be followed in four to six hours.

1. Start at the Steele County Historical Society in Owatonna, then visit

  • National Farmer’s Bank
  • Owatonna City and Firemen’s Hall
  • Pillsbury Academy Campus Historic District

2. Work your way toward Faribault where you will see

3. Now head toward Nerstrand to view

  • Valley Grove Church
  • Veblen Farmstead

4. In Dennison, visit

  • Vang Lutheran Church

5. Finish up in Red Wing

38.3 Miles / 61 Minutes

  • 102 W. 2nd Street, Janesville
  • Built in 1912, the library was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
  • Coming Soon
  • Currently undergoing restoration projects, this apiary was once one of the largest honey producers in Minnesota.
  • 315 2nd Avenue NE, Waseca
  • Housed in the former Methodist Church, the Waseca County History Center features displays of unique county stories and artifacts from prominent families and businesses throughout the county’s history.
4. Historic Maplewood Park
  • 36047 Clear Lake Drive, Waseca
  • Once a popular entertaining destination for the 1880s Chautauqua events.
5. Stagecoach Trails at Courthouse Park
  • 31831 120th St, Waseca
  • 175 acres of beautiful scenery, explore the trails where the stagecoaches once made their journey across the county.
  • 119 S. Broadway Avenue, New Richland
  • Independent Order of Odd Fellows was an important social/fraternal organization in New Richland when the hall was constructed in 1902.