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This larger than life calumet sits outside The Keepers of the Sacred Tradition of Pipemakers … a unique gallery and gift shop near downtown Pipestone.

Home of the Red Stone Pipe

Although Pipestone’s Historic Downtown is only a couple of blocks, it is architecturally stunning. Most buildings were constructed in the late 1800’s using locally quarried Sioux quartzite … the hand hewn quartzite ranges in color from light pink to deep red and is artfully arranged in a variety of patterns. These extraordinary buildings stand as a testament to Pipestone's unique history … click here to learn more.

The Calumet Inn is the most prominent building in Pipestone. The pinkish quartzite offers a contrast from the darker red stone that dominates the rest of the buildings in Pipestone.

The 1896 Moore Block Building features distinctive gargoyle-like carvings. They were carved from Duluth sandstone and then placed on the building. We found this gargoyle especially whimsical.

The 1884 Syndicate Block is the largest and oldest Sioux quartzite building in the historic district. It is occupied by Geyerman’s, a woman’s clothing store that opened in 1936. The pediment is embellished with a relief consisting of an Indian Ceremonial pipe crossed with a bow and arrows. Click here to see close up.

Although the Pipestone Commercial Historic District is quite small, it contains the largest concentration of Sioux quartzite buildings in the state.

The Pipestone County Museum is located in one of Pipestone’s most distinct quartzite buildings. It was built in 1896 and served as the City Hall until 1960.

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