This 19th century general store is a virtual time capsule. After the railroad passed by the town in 1873, trade diminished, and the store was abandoned with most of its inventory in situ. Today, the Brown County Historical Society maintains the store and staffs it with costumed interpreters. Couple a trip to the Harkin Store with your visit to nearby New Ulm, a picturesque town settled in the mid-1850s and located along the Minnesota River. The town’s significant role in the 1862 Dakota Conflict is examined in detail at the Brown County Historical Museum. Many of the buildings in New Ulm reflect the town’s Germanic heritage, including the August Schell Brewing Company and the Hermann Monument.
Harkin Store is located at 2 North Broadway on County Hwy. 21, eight miles northwest of New Ulm.
The Snake River wintering fur trade post of the North West Company was one of many posts maintained by fur-trading companies in the Snake River region. The region was a natural transportation hub — the Snake River linked Mille Lacs and the Upper Mississippi region with the headwaters of the St. Croix, Chippewa and Wisconsin Rivers to the east. Today, the Minnesota Historical Society and The Friends of the North West Company Fur Post maintain and operate this reconstructed post as an education center. Period-garbed interpreters reenact the seasonal and daily activities of the era’s traders, trappers, and Ojibwe. Walking trails highlight the Snake River’s significance to Native Americans, voyageurs, and fur traders during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
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Links: North West Company Fur Post