Quarries on the grounds of Pipestone National Monument are the resource for which the park was established. Quarrying is a tradition that stretches back thousands of years. Pipestone was traded far and wide across the North American continent, and the quarry sites at Pipestone National Monument were the most significant and important source of pipestone.
The Nicollet Rock is a notable historic point within Pipestone National Monument. The Nicollet Expedition of 1838 was the first to map the area.
The Three Maidens are a unique cultural and geologic feature at the entrance of Pipestone National Monument.
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Joseph Nicollet and John C. Frémont, famous 19th century explorers, visited Pipestone National Monument in 1838 and carved their initials into the Sioux Quartzite cliff. The inscription is still visible along the Circle Trail. More...