Native Americans have regarded the pipestone (catlinite) quarries of Southwest Minnesota as a sacred place for thousands of years. The Pipestone National Monument preserves the sacred red stone, where Native Americans still carve the red stone into the ceremonial pipes and other craft items.
Jasper: Active quartzite quarry. Video describing quarrying can be viewed at Jasper Historic Museum, 102 E. Wall St. Tours given Saturday morning of Quarry Festival.
Pipestone: Pipestone National Monument. Walk the trail, tour the museum and interpretive center where crafters work during the summer. Open year round except Christmas and New Year's Day. Tour historic district featuring 21 Sioux Quartzite buildings including museum, arts center and refurbished hotel. Visit the picturesque stone bridge built by the WPA in 1937 in Split Rock Creek State Park, seven miles SW of Pipestone.
For more information:
Pipestone Visitors Bureau