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Birch Coulee Battlefield

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Take the time to find it...then walk it.

It's a bit hard to locate. Once found, walk the trails. It's easy to see why the Dakota had easy... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2017
Lakeland, Minnesota
Difficult to find, but worth the effort

I read the book "Dakota Dawn", so I looked forward to actually seeing The Birch Cooley Battlefield... read more

Reviewed 16 May 2015
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14 Oct 2017
“If Interested In History...”
7 Aug 2017
“Take the time to find it...then walk it.”
Site of the Battle of Birch Coulee, one of the hardest fought battles of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. Visitors can tour the self-guided trails where markers explain the battle from Dakota and U.S. soldiers' perspectives. Birch Coulee Battlefield is...more
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32469 County Highway 2, Morton, MN 56270-1224
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Reviewed 14 October 2017

Especially Old West "Stuff" this has everything for you. One can get exercise, enjoy the Great Outdoors, and view the land (as close as possible) as the original combatants in 1862. There is much here to digest & take in - and if one has...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 7 August 2017

It's a bit hard to locate. Once found, walk the trails. It's easy to see why the Dakota had easy pickens in the tall Sept grass. The two 50' tall monuments are even harder to find on the East side of Morton. I lived in...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank BrianKlawitter
Reviewed 17 June 2015 via mobile

The entire story of the battle, including the reason the battle occurred, are told through interpretive displays here. There are displays only. Restrooms are found in the adjoining county park.

Date of experience: June 2015
Thank oakdale6884
Reviewed 16 May 2015

I read the book "Dakota Dawn", so I looked forward to actually seeing The Birch Cooley Battlefield during our recent trip to New Ulm, MN. This historic site is not manned, but the signage around the battlefield provided an excellent overview of events that occurred....More

Date of experience: May 2015
Reviewed 4 June 2014

Our family really enjoyed this trail and site. We loved how it was set up so that we could really get a feel for how it might have been.

Date of experience: May 2014
1  Thank craigm58
Reviewed 11 July 2013 via mobile

It's a bit of American history I was not familiar with. Glad I stopped when I was in the neighborhood. It was well presented and kept up.

Date of experience: July 2013
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Reviewed 26 June 2013

It was an interesting walk on the path with stops to read about the 36 hour battle. Nice park area also.

Date of experience: June 2013
1  Thank Robin L
Reviewed 19 January 2013

it was great bicycled and hiked the trails and biked to morton enjoyed all of the photo stories of the battle learned alot also went to nearby fort ridgley state park to learn more bout the battles fought in the indian wars

Date of experience: May 2012
Thank roger a
Reviewed 6 April 2012

Very cool, interesting little park. Very pretty with the creek that runs through it and the picnic area was nice. Lots of history!

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