History & Culture

Pipestone National Monument is a storied landscape. Numerous Tribes around the country have oral traditions connecting them to this site, Euro-Americans have been visiting and writing about it since the 1600s, and archeologists have found evidence for over 3,000 years of human activity here.

Learn more about the cultures, traditions, histories, and research of Pipestone National Monument.
Rudolf Cronau's 1881 painting of the quarries


Stories revealing a landscape charged with life and imbued with meaning.

Ihanktonwan leader Struck By The Ree


Historical figures who shaped Pipestone's story and the quarriers who still do.

Pink rock with initials carved into it


Culturally and historically significant areas in the monument.


Last updated: November 17, 2019

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Pipestone, MN 56164


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