Minneopa State Park

    After the Civil War, the town of Minneopa sprung up alongside the rail depot north of the falls.  Minneopa Falls had become a popular tourist attraction, with frequent visitors coming from both the railroad and steamboats on the river.  In the late 1870's there were three consecutive years of grasshopper plagues which wiped out all of the town's crops, causing the town to disappear from the map.  The depot remained open for tourists, who came by the thousands each summer.
    In 1864, Louis Seppmann, a German Immigrant, built a windmill for grinding the wheat farmed nearby into flower.  With good wind the mill was capable of grinding 150 bushels of wheat a day.  When a tornado hit the mill in 1890 it was no longer profitable to operate and it was closed.  The stone structure exists to this day and is open for viewing by the public.
    In addition to the windmill, visitors can also view buildings and other structures created by the WPA near the falls during the Great Depression.

Site Address: 54497 Gadwall Road, Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-389-5464
Email: minneopa.ststepark@state.mn.us

Contact Hours October-March:
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Contact Hours April-September
Daily: 8 a.m - 8 p.m.

Year-Round: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

A State Park Vehicle Permit is required
Daily Permit: $5
Year-Round Permit: $25

Minneopa State Park Website (DNR)

Image: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minneopa_State_Park