Visit the Jeffers Petroglyphs, Where Minnesota History Begins
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Minnesota's recorded history begins at Jeffers, where American Indians for thousands of years have traced life stories in rock carvings (petroglyphs).
The Jeffers Petroglyphs site is marked by over 5,000 carved images of human figures, tools, and animals such as bison, salamanders, turtles, elk and thunderbirds.
The meaning of the petroglyphs is intriguing and unknowable, but the symbols and stories suggest this was a sacred place, and it remains so for American Indians. The earliest carvings here are thought to be 7,000 to 9,000 years old, and the most recent were made about 250 years ago.
Visit the Jeffers Petroglyphs
Visitors can explore the ancient rocks and native prairie by following two nature trails with views of petroglyphs, prairie grasses, flowers, and a buffalo rub: Sioux Quartzite rock polished smooth over thousands of years by the rough coats of buffalo.
A site guide provides tours, and the visitor center offers hands-on exhibits and a multimedia presentation. Family programs explore American Indian culture, prairies and archaeology.
Jeffers Petroglyphs is open for regularly scheduled hours Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, Wednesday through Sunday. The site is located in the southwest Minnesota countryside between Redwood Falls and Windom.
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