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

    Pipestone

    National Monument Minnesota

Management

A quarrier is breaking up stone in his quarry

A quarrier is breaking up quartzite in his quarry.

NPS Photo

Mission Statement

Pipestone National Monument exists to:

  • Protect the pipestone quarries, reserving the quarrying of pipestone for American Indians of all federally recognized tribes
  • Preserve and interpret the cultural and natural resources associated with Pipestone National Monument
  • Provide for the enjoyment and benefit of all people

 

Pipestone National Monument Documents

Administrative History

Did You Know?

George Catlin

George Catlin was the first European-American to visit the pipestone quarries at Pipestone National Monument in 1836. A geologist dubbed the soft clay stone "Catlinite" after Catlin sent it to him for analysis. More...