Black and white photograph of Minneopa Falls, ca. 1865. Photograph by Whitney’s Gallery.

Minneopa Falls, Blue Earth County

Minneopa Falls, ca. 1865. Photograph by Whitney’s Gallery.

Black and white photograph of Minneopa Falls, Minnesota, ca. 1865.

Falls at Minneopa

Minneopa Falls, Minnesota, ca. 1865.

Color image of Minneopa Falls, Minneopa State Park, October 21, 2010. Photograph by Wikimedia Commons user McGhiever.

Minneopa Falls

Minneopa Falls, Minneopa State Park, October 21, 2010. Photograph by Wikimedia Commons user McGhiever.

Sounds of Minneopa State Park, April 2017

Sounds of Minneopa State Park on a walking trail in the northern section of the park, April 8, 2017. Recorded by Karin J. Green.

Minneopa State Park

Minneopa State Park, located in southern Minnesota, is Minnesota’s third-oldest state park. It was created in 1905 to preserve Minneopa Falls, a two-tiered waterfall once described as nature’s masterpiece. The park has since expanded to include Minnesota River frontage, the historic Seppman stone windmill, and a herd of American plains bison.

Black and white photograph of the flooded NWSA campus during the 1920s.

Flooded NWSA campus

The flooded NWSA campus during the 1920s. Earlier, it had been known to locals as a good duck-hunting grounds.

Color image of a Red-headed woodpecker, 2010.

Red-headed woodpecker

Red-headed woodpecker, 2010. Photographed by Faith Balch. Used with the permission of Faith Balch and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Map showing the extent of the oak savanna ecosystem in Minnesota.

Oak savanna map

Map showing the extent of the oak savanna ecosystem in Minnesota created by Faith Balch. The areas colored dark green are oak savanna lands. Used with the permission of Faith Balch and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Color image of oak savanna in spring, ca. 2010.

Oak savanna in spring

Oak savanna in spring, ca. 2010. Photographed by Linda Huhn Photography. Used with the permission of Linda Huhn and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Color image of an oak savanna in summer, ca. 2010.

Oak savanna in summer

Oak savanna in summer, ca. 2010. Photographed by Craig Thiesen. Used with the permission of Craig Thiesen and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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