Pipestone National Monument

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Pipestones History

Pipestone was first just a bunch of Native American tribes. In 1937 the government received control from the Sioux Indians who had earlier owned the land but now given it away. With legislation being established quarrying rights were reserved back to Native Americans. People with ancestors of Native Americans are allowed to quarry but none others can. Change in boundaries occurred in 1956.


Activities and Events

There are many fun activities to do at Pipestone. To start off for kids you can there is an activity called the junior ranger program. You learn about Pipestone's history and resources while having fun. For family fun you can go to the many different quarries. We have more than 100 different quarries. A quarry is a place where the the Native Americans used to leave offering like tobacco and spirits. The Three Maidens is our most popular quarry you can have a picnic near the 35 huge slabs of rock surrounding three slabs of granite. You can also go fishing at split rock creek. The largest body of water in Pipestone Monument. There is also many different types of animals like Painted Turtle, Gray Tree Frog, Beavers, Big Brown Bats, Garter Snakes, Eastern King Bird, Green Sunfish, and Brook Stickleback
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Climate

warm season lasts from may 23 to sep 22 with average high above 70*F, hottest day is july 22 with a high 82*F and low of 62*F.Cold season is nov 27 to march 7 with high below 35*F, Coldest day is jan 20 with high of 23*F and low of 7*F. Month with most precipitation is May, least is october. Highest likelihood of snow is in jan.

Viewer opinion

Pipestone National Monument was a blast. The markings on the ground were so interesting and the pipes were beautiful. The best part was the awesome animals they were so calm even in front of people. The activities were so fun and the kids love but they were learning I couldn't believe, it was like fun magic

Association with Native American

making pipes out of catlinite was a sacred religious practice to religious plains Native Americans. The Sioux tribes took control in the 1700s.Because of arguments and white men trying to take over they wrote a treaty. Pipestone was first just a bunch of Native American tribes. In 1937 the government received control from the Sioux Indians who had earlier owned the land but now given it away. With legislation being established quarrying rights were reserved back to Native Americans. People with ancestors of Native Americans are allowed to quarry but none others can. Change in boundaries occurred in 1956.

How the Monument Changed

Pipestone is almost 100 years old and it has changed a lot. The reason why it’s called Pipestone is because you can see smoke marks from pipes that Native Americans made and used.The park has come from Native American tribes to Civil War soldiers to a National Monument. Ronald Reagan made a law that said that we have to preserve large historic landscapes.Now the Call to Action is helping to expand to Historic Centers and rural landscapes


Fascinating Facts:


  • Monument occupies 282 acres of land

  • Sacred stone was never used for anything bu pipes

  • Legend says that catlinite and the people of pipestone were all the same material which is what made it so sacred

  • Inverted T-shaped calumet is best known shape for pipes