Historic District

Various Historic Pictures
Your trip to Pipestone won't be complete without a visit to our Downtown Historic District. A trip down Main Street will take you to the heart of the district.


History of Historic District


The Pipestone Commercial Historic District is comprised of approximately 30 commercial buildings located in a two-block area of downtown Pipestone. The town was first platted from 1873 to 1874. Pipestone experienced a boom from 1883 to 1884--the result of the establishment of railroad service to the area and successful land promotional efforts by the South Minnesota Land Company. The character of the district is derived from the exclusive use of Sioux quartzite as a building material in 17 of the buildings, making it the largest concentration of Sioux quartzite buildings in the state. The majority of these buildings were built in the 1890s and visually relate to each other in height, scale and vernacular style, sharing a common texture and color of building materials.

National Register

 

In the late 1970s, these unique buildings were recognized by their designation as a historic district on the National Register. It was one of the first to be designated as a district and its boundaries have been further enlarged by local designation of sites.

National Register

 

In the late 1970s, these unique buildings were recognized by their designation as a historic district on the National Register. It was one of the first to be designated as a district and its boundaries have been further enlarged by local designation of sites.
Map of Pipestone's Historic District
Pipestone Museum
You are invited to enjoy these buildings. More information and guided tours are available at the Pipestone County Museum, located at 113 South Hiawatha. Walking-tour brochures are also available.