• Artist George Catlin recorded the quarrying activity at the pipestone quarries in 1836

    Pipestone

    National Monument Minnesota

Natural Features & Ecosystems

Pipestone National Monument was set aside in 1937 for its unique cultural resource: pipestone. In this area, you can learn more about the geology of Pipestone in Geologic Formations and in Glaciers / Glacial Features. In preserving access to this important stone for native cultures, Pipestone National Monument has also come to protect a threatened tallgrass prairie ecosystem.

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Spiderwort

There are over 500 plant species, including over 70 species of grasses, growing on Pipestone National Monument lands. More...