As part of our conference countdown, I’m doing a series of postings of possible places you might want to add to your Wilder conference trip. Some will be Laura related, others are just kind of neat tourist spots. Enjoy!
Those of you who watched along in 2012 will remember that I recorded my visit on the trip up to Mankato. Find that particular video and accompanying information.
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For a town of this size, there is a lot to see and do.
- There is a Louis Sullivan (an architectural genius and mentor to Frank Lloyd Wright) designed bank, now a Wells Fargo Bank, at 101 North Cedar.
- There is a small, but nice historic village depicting turn of the century life called the Village of Yesteryear.
- Although sadly the museum that once with them is now closed, the incredible Three Thunderbird Jets statue (made of three decommissioned military aircraft frozen in the midst of a complicated aerial maneuver) is now on display in front of the airport. It’s a definite must stop for any flying buff and anyone would be impressed to see this statue in full size glory.
- Plus, it’s the home of a Cabela’s hunting and fishing store. If you’ve never been to a Cabela’s, you owe it to yourself to stop, just to see the incredible taxidermy displays. These are museum quality and then some. While most museum displays show animals in a fairly static position, Cabela’s displays bring to life an action photo. Be sure to check out the photo gallery and video on their website to see what I mean.
- The town website lists more visitor information on these stops and more.
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