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Chisago City

Sister-City to Algutsboda, Sweden -
Farming community platted in 1857. Became a tourist resort destination after the 1880 railroad was built. The West “Gateway to the Chisago Lakes Area.”

Vilhelm Moberg Statue/Vilhelm Moberg Park - Dedicated September 7, 1996. King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia Royal Visit, September 13, 1996. Seasonal bathrooms. Sculptor: Ian Dudley, Lindstöm, MN, originally from Australia.

Vilhelm Moberg’s Lodging, 1948 visit - Moberg stayed in the Melander home hotel while doing research for his four-part Emigrant novels. On the N.E. corner of Old Towne Road and Lake Ave. 29225 Old Towne Road. Private, view from street.

Zion Ev. Lutheran Church organized May, 1874. Open all year. 1-1/4 miles south of Highway 8 on Old Towne Road. 28005 Old Towne Road. Ph: 651- 257-2713.

Restaurants/Wine Click to view larger Hear and speak the old Småland, Swedish dialect. Stop in and say, "Goddag, Goddag." Wagon Wheel Cafe, Chisago City, The Swedish Inn, Lindström, WineHaven Winery, Chisago City, their Honeywine presented to Their Majesties of Sweden. National and International Awards.

Old Swedish Barn Quilt Trail The Chisago Lakes Community Foundation's "Life is GREAT on Highway 8" initiative (https://www.facebook.com/LifeIsGreatOnHighway8), Click to view larger local artists have painted Swedish Barn Quilt Designs along U.S. Hwy. 8 from Chisago City to Taylors Falls. Self-guided brochure for touring. Find them all! Info: www.clac-foundation.com/news-events/swedish-barn-quilt-trail/

Lindström

Sister-City to Tingsryd, Sweden - Founded in 1894. Named after Daniel Lindström from Hassela, Hälsingland, Sweden.

Karl Oskar and Kristina Statue - Replica of the original statue in Karlshamn, Sweden. Karl Oskar Nilsson and his wife Kristina Click to view larger are ficticious characters in the Moberg novels. Kristina is looking back to her homeland of Sweden and Karl Oskar is looking forward to the new land, "Amerika!" Boulder from Duvemåla (Småland) Sweden. Visit 'The Chisago County Press' newspaper office and view the desk Vilhelm Moberg used in 1948. Ted Norelius, editor at the time, became good friends with Moberg. Ted was the grandson of Erik Norelius from Hassela, Sweden.

Per Andersson, Daniel Lindström, Erik Norelius and Nellie Gustafson Statues - In 2013, sculptor, Ian Dudley, Lindström revealed four statues to honor Swedish pioneers. First, Nellie Gustafson, a mid-wife from Skåne, a courageous Swedish immigrant woman who came to the area. Her mid-wife kit is at the Chisago County Historical Society. Next, Per Andersson (Joris-Pelle Andersson), Per's half-brother Daniel Lindström and Erik Norelius, all from Hassela, Sweden. Per Andersson arrived in Taylors Falls, MN with 16 of the 100 Swedes from Hassela on April 23, 1851. A real-life Karl Oskar Nilsson. Nellie's statue is at the Chisago Lakes Library on U.S. Hwy. 8. The men are located on the north side of U.S. Hwy. 8 across from the Karl Oskar & Kristina Statue.(651) 257-1177.

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Swedish Coffee Pot Water Tower - Main St. - Click to view larger 1908 water tower converted to a Swedish Coffee Pot in 1992, (cost of $18,650.00). Donated by Marlene Smith, Plastic Products Co. Inc., "Välkommen till Lindström...Where the Kaffe's Always On!"

Marlene Smith Statue, Click to view larger by Ian Dudley, 2016, across from Gustaf's Gallery honoring Marlene Smith and her historic preservation of Chisago County. Tack Marlene!

Painted Swedish Flag Click to view larger on main street for Their Majesties Royal Visit on September 13, 1996. Also note the Emigrant Mural on the west side of the Bakery bldg., Home of the Scandinavian Donut...a must stop.

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Fridhem, “Home of Peace. Click to view larger Home of Peace 1898 tourist home. 1911, the home of Frank A. Larson, editor of the Svensk Amerikanska Tribunen published in Chicago, IL. On Nat'l.Reg. of Historic Places. 12625 Newell Ave.

Chisago County Historical Soc. -Click to view larger 12795 Lake Blvd., Main St. Lindström. County Museum displays artifacts and research. www.chisagocountyhistory.org Ph: 651-257-5310.

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Allemansrätt Swedish Heritage and Wilderness Park/Anderson House - Translation: Swedish right to roam in the wilderness with a "Do Not Disturb or Destroy Nature" philosophy. The City of Lindström purchased 90 acres of wilderness on Bull Lake from the Ted and Violet Norelius estate, Concordia University, and the Eugene Anderson Family properties (64 acres/homesteaded in the 1800s). Wooded areas much the same as when the Swedish emigrants came to the Chisago Lakes area. Contact:City of Lindström: 651-257-0620.

Trinity English Ev. Lutheran Church - Organized 1901 as the first English speaking congregation fo this Swedish area. 651-257-5129

c. 1890 Gustaf Anderson House - Gustaf came from Stockholm in 1864. Participated in the Montana Gold Rush and struck it rich! He was known as "Guldgubben" (The Old Gold Man) On National Click to view larger Register of Historic Places. 13045 Lake Blvd., Main St, Now Gustaf's on Main Eatery!

Gustaf's on Main Eatery -Swedish Meatballs every Thursday by reservation. Swedish Pancakes everyday. Main St. 651-263-0737

Gustaf's Gallery - Swedish Art and Gifts, Main St. www.gustafsupnorthgallery.com 651-257-1821.

PAMDAY - Make it a creative day!. Art supplies, yarn and games. Main St. Near The Swedish Inn Restaurant. 651-257-6199.

C.A. Victor House Charles A. Victor, from Småland, Sweden. Moved to Lindström in 1888, and in 1898 established the Medborgaren, "The Citizen," the first Chisago County Swedish language newspaper. Its circulation in the County was greater than the English version newspapers. On National Register of Historic Places. 30495 Park Street.

Click to view larger Nya Duvemåla (New Dove’s Home)Nya Duvemåla (New Dove's Home) In 1948, Moberg was inspired by this old house and created Karl Oskar & Kristina's fictitious home where they would live their final days. Kristina named it Nya Duvemåla after her home, Duvemåla, in Click to view larger Småland. King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia visited, Sept. 13, 1996. Tours, 651-253-3373, 651-257-5063 or 651-257-1177. Directions: From Hwy. 8, South on Cty. Road 25, East on Glader Blvd. to Kichi-Saga Park. Bus parking. The Karl Oskar House was moved from original site 1/4 mile West to Kichi-Saga Park November, Click to view larger 1995. Dedicated June, 1996. Boulder from Carl-Werner Pettersson, Åseda (Småland), Sweden, transported to site via Volvo, Sweden, May, 1996.

Glader Cemetery - Oldest Swedish pioneer cemetery in Minnesota. Karl Oskar Nilsson and Kristina are fictionally buried here. Swedish Royal Visit on September 13, 1996. 1/8 mile east of Kichi-Saga Park on Glader Blvd. Parking on roadside.

Center City

Sister-City to Hassela, Sweden -
Founded in 1851 on the shores of Kichi-Saga - The Big Lake. It is the oldest continuously settled Swedish community in Minnesota. Center City is the Chisago County Seat.

Founder's Monument Founder's Monument Erik Ulrik Norberg spent the winter of 1850 here before guiding the Per Andersson group to Chisago Lake (Kichi- Saga) to establish Center City. Norberg Monument located in the parking lot of The Swedish Village Mall, Andrews Ave., on U.S. Hwy. 8.

Click to view larger Chisago Lake Ev. Lutheran ChurchChisago Lake Ev. Lutheran Church - Organized May 12, 1854. Current structure built 1889. In 2003, Eric Carlisle hand-painted Sancturary for 150th Anniversary. See Heritage Room, Swedish Historical Tapestry, Pioneer Cemetery, Per Berg's Monument marking the site of the log barn where the first 100 Swedes organized. 75th Anniversary obelisk on the West lawn. Tours by appt., 651-257-6300, 651-257-4773. Fee. Open all year.

Furaby SchoolClick to view larger , north of Center City on county roads 12 & 20. - Furuby is a village in Smaland, Sweden. Many families settled here in Chisago County from Furuby. Private land, no trespassing, view from your car.

Government Center Court House - The first County Seat was moved from Taylors Falls in the 1860s to Center City because the roads "diverged to every part of the County from Center City." View Chisago County Historical Society exhibits in the lobby. Tour information, 651- 257-1300. 313 North Main Street.

Center City Historic District on Summit Avenue - Built and lived in by Swedish immigrant first and second generation families overlooking North Center Lake. Private Homes, view from street.

Chisago Lake...Kichi-Saga...The Big Lake...Swede Lake Native American Ojibwe/Chippewa, word meaning "Fair and Click to view larger Lovely Waters." Called "Buried Eagle Lake" by explorer J. Nicollet. Also known as "Swede Lake" by the first European settlers, and called "Chisago Lake" by W.H.C. Folsom from Taylors Falls. It was one large connected lake before the railroad split the lake into five separate lakes. Today known as North Center Lake, South Center Lake in Center City. North Lindström Lake, South Lindström Lake in Lindström, and Chisago Lake in Chisago City.

Hazelden - Betty Ford Foundation Renowned rehabilitation center for chemical dependency. Started in 1949. Intersection of Hwy. 8 and Pleasant Valley Road, follow signs. Not open to the public, pre-arranged tours are available, 651-213-4264. Website: www.hazelden.org
*Due to Covid-19, tours may be on hold until further notice.

Scandia

Sister-City to Lessebo Kommun, Sweden First Swedish settlement in Minnesota starting the winter of 1849-1850.

Gammelgården Museum - A collection of Swedish log buildings, the 1856 Lutheran Church, Butik, Visitor Center, Swedish Classes and more. Charge for tours. Located 1 mile south of Hwy. 97 and Washington Cty. #3 intersection. Follow signs. 651-433-5053. Website: gammelgardenmuseum.org

Elim Lutheran Church - First known as Marine Mills Country Church. Organized May 19, 1854. Open all year. 651-433-2723.

Hay Lake School Museum, Swedish Log House and Historical 1900 Monument. Honors the first families that arrived in Scandia in 1850. Tours, 651-433-4014. One mile South of Gammelgården Museum on Cty. Rd. 3.

Shafer

Sister-City to Nöbbele, Sweden - Farming community, once a potato hub. First organized under Taylors Falls. In 1853 the town was renamed after a transient farm worker, Jacob Shafer from Sweden who cut hay in sections 4 & 5.
(Also known as - Shafer Meadows.)
Shafer is on the Swedish Immigrant Bike Trail. Kiosk information stop.

Jacob Pettersson House - From Dädesjö, Småland. Click to view larger Came to America in 1853. Was an entrepreneur and owner of the Jacob Peterson General Mercantile - the 2 story yellow building. Private Home, view from road. 30405 Ridgewood Ave.

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Click to view larger 1869 Lars J. Thorsander Housec. 1869 Lars J. Thorsander House (Torsås Bondegård) - Country Bed & Breakfast since 1982. Immigrants from Östra Torsås Parish, Småland. Moberg visited this house in 1948 to deliver a wedding Click to view larger gift to Lois Anderson Barott. Original 1869 first home (log) still on property. Barn wood from the old Methodist Church Livery Stable, Center City, rebuilt on the original stone foundation 1938. 651-257-4773. website: www.countrybedandbreakfast.us Private Home, view from road.
Address: 17038. 320th St., Shafer, MN - US Hwy. 8 and Cty. Rd. #21 intersection. North on #21 1.8 miles to Ranch Trail/320th St. (gravel). West 1 mile on Ranch Tr. to 320th St. ~Välkommen till alla~

Maklin Bike Shop bike - Main Street, Shafer. Sales, Service and Gear. www.maklinbikeshop.com 651-247-8614.

Taylors Falls

First Settlements 1838. Early population from New England. A Major Gateway for Swedish Immigration. Located at the head of navigation on the St. Croix River. Known for the lumbering of white pine. A "must see" for Swedish tourists! Don't miss Angel Hill.

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Click to view larger Paddle Boat Excursion CruisesPaddle Boat Excursion Cruises - Daily May to mid Oct. Learn early history of the area from commentary and view first hand what the immigrants saw when they arrived. Historical markers. Group tours/reservations: 651-465-6315.

Minnesota Interstate State Park - Click to view larger The lower boat landing used by immigrants, world famous glacial potholes, hiking trails, camping and Visitor Center. Main Street Taylors Falls, artist Christopher Young painted a mural of The Devil's Chair on the side of a building to honor the historic natural rock formation that fell down into the St. Croix River. Info, 651-465-5711.

1855 W.H.C. Folsom House Museum - On the Nat'l Reg. of Historic Places, a MN Historical Society site, the Folsom House sits among other homes in the Angel Hill Dist. Mr. Folsom was influential in the lumbering business, establishment Click to view larger of Taylors Falls and Chisago County. He helped to draft the MN Constitution and served as a State Legislator. He owned a great deal of land which immigrants rented. Tours: Memorial Day weekend through early October (Fri., Sat., Sun., and holidays), 1-4 p.m. on the hour. 272 W. Government St., $6 Adults, $5 Students & Vets, $4 kids 6-17, kids under 5 and MN & TF Historial Society members free. Group tours available by appt. 651-465-3125. Folsom House Facebook page. Minnesota State Historical Society: www.mnhs.org/places/index.htm

Taylors Falls Historical Society Visitor Center - Located in the lower level of the Taylors Falls Memorial Community Center. Open Memorial Day- Labor Day from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. (Saturday and Sunday). 651-465-0443

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c. 1854 Munch/Roos House - Oscar Roos, one of Minnesota's earliest Swedish settlers, was a dealer in private loans who aided hundreds of immigrant families to establish themselves. Private home, view from street. 190 Second St., east of Bench Street (Main St.). National Register of Historic Places.

1866 Hamilton House - Samuel Hamilton - State Immigrant Agent who helped many Swedish immigrants, providing temporary housing for new arrivals. Private home, view from street. 431 Bench St. (Main St.).

Stone Retaining Walls - Located behind the houses on the west side of Bench Street (Main Street), and in the Angel Hill Historic District. Built by Swedish immigrants in the Swedish tradition - no mortar. Private homes, view from street.

First Ev. (Swedish) Lutheran Church - Organized in 1860. Current structure built in 1903. History Room. Information: 651-465-5265. Location: 561 Chestnut Street.

The Emigrant TrailBarn Quilt - Drive Cty. Rd. 37 West from Taylors Falls to Center City 7.2 mi. The first Emigrant Trail to the "Big Lake" Kichi-Saga area. Old farms, barns, scenic drive, paved road. Trailhead sign on City Hall lawn.

Almelund

Swedish farming community founded in 1887-1888 by John Almquist.

Amador Heritage Center Click to view larger - Pre-1880s Scandinavian log structures, 1910 Brick 2 room school with local history. Open Sun. 1-4 p.m. Mid June to Sept. Tours: 651- 269-3580. Donation. 2019 is the 26th Almelund Apple Festival - 3rd Sun. in Sept., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Info: 651-433-5053

Immanuel Lutheran Church Click to view larger - Swedish Congregation organized in 1887. Historic cemetery. Information, 651-583-2340.

Almelund Mercantile & Antiques Click to view larger - Swedish Treasures and goodies! 15790 Maple Ln. Coffee too! Susan Sandberg, 651-583-3696.

Wild River State Park - Early settlers lived along the Sunrise and St. Croix Rivers on land that would become part of the Park - including Ola & Judith Nelson (emigrated from Sweden 1869). The Nelsons' great-grandchild Senator Jerald Anderson authored the Park bill in the 1970s. Intersection of U.S. Hwy. 95 and Cty. Road #12. North on Cty. Road #12. See signs. Info: 651-583-2125.

Almelund Threshing Show Site: Historic Chisago County Court House, Shafer Township Clover Blossom School House at the Almelund Threshing Show Site (see Aug. events for info). Address: 17760 St. Croix Tr., Taylors Falls, MN 55084. East of Almelund, Hwy. 95. 651-583-2083.

North Branch, Fish Lake and Sunrise

A railroad station town along the St. Paul-Duluth line, plated in Sunrise 1869 as the tracks and railroad bed were being constructed. Settled mostly by New Englanders, (who moved from Amador and Sunrise), and a few Germans and Scandinavians. By 1900, its dominating characteristic was Bank Swedish, and it was the hub of the potato belt along the rail line.

Info courtesy of Max Malmquist.

Trinity Lutheran Church - Organized May 12, 1887. Current location: 38460 Lincoln Tr. (County Road 14) Original site at 6486 Elm St. Info: 651- 674-7047.

Magnison Century FarmSunrise (address: 9383 - 375th St.) Alfred and Swen emigrated from Jeppahem, Östra Torsås, Småland, Sweden. Purchased 830 acres Sunrise from the U.S. Government in 1885. Now farmed by 3rd & 4th generation members. Original house. Note the 40 ft. x 136 ft. barn built in 1914 with wood from the property.

Olson Century Farm (address: 39853 Forest Blvd.) Frank emigrated from Almeboda (Småland), Sweden in 1879. Purchased 40 acres originally, and more were purchased over the years to reach 320. The present owner is 5th generation and sons are the 6th generation now living on the homestead.

Fish Lake Lutheran Church - 7 miles West of North Branch. Watch for Cedar Crest Trail. Organized 1867. Land acquired from the Burlington Northern R.R., which encouraged Swedish immigration. Interior Swedish painted walls and ceiling. Original 1905 mural. Hultgren and Lane Tracker Organ. Tours: 651-674-4252, donation.