Pipestone National Monument celebrates 75 years

Weekend festivities will mark the 75th year of the establishment of the monument in 1937, but the site has a rich history that goes back to a time when glaciers deposited layers of mud, sand and gravel in the area, which scientists estimate as between 1.75 billion and 1.63 billion years ago.
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Pipestone National Monument will celebrate its 75th anniversary this weekend with events beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, and continuing from 8 a.m. through to 9 p.m. on Saturday, the Worthington Daily Globe reports.

The park is in southwestern Minnesota, about four hours by car from the Twin Cities. Here's directions.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt set aside 300 acres as Pipestone National Monument, signing the legislation on Aug. 25, 1937, the Star Tribune notes, among other fast facts about the monument. The newspaper has more on what to see and do if you visit.

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