History & Culture

The pipestone quarries are a significant site for many American Indian cultures. Today, as in the past, it is a place treated with reverence and respect.

People - Individuals who played a role in Pipestone's history and the Native American quarriers (past and present) who have kept its traditions alive.

Places - Culturally and historically significant areas in the monument.

Stories - The varied histories that relay the significance of both the quarries and the pipe itself.

Collections - A list of the types of artifacts in our collection and a link to several virtual tours of NPS collections around the country.

Pipestone National Monument was established in 1937. You can read the full history of Pipestone National Monument online in Managing the Sacred and the Secular: An Administrative History of Pipestone National Monument. Another useful text is the History of Pipestone National Monument, published in 1965.

Last updated: March 12, 2019

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