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Historic Trail: 1862 US-Dakota War

A great opportunity to learn about the war and earn Scouting advancements

Where is the 1862 US-Dakota War Trail located?

The trail includes visits to important sites in, and around, Morton and Fairfax Minnesota associated with the war. You'll also see the State Historical Society Museum and the site at the Lower Sioux Agency where the first significant fighting took place. Other stops include the Birth Coulee Battlefield North of Morton, the Morton Monument Hill, and the Historic Fort Ridgely near Fairfax. Directions are located on the Trail questionnaire.

What Scouting advancements are met?

Some Indian Lore Merit Badge requirements can be completed if Scouts take time in the Lower Sioux Agency Museum to learn about Dakota culture and governance. The entire trail in the Morton area exceeds 10 miles and counts as a 10 mile hike for the Hiking Merit Badge. Driving is allowed for purposes of earning the Trail patch, but not the Hiking Merit Badge.

How can I purchase the patches?

Yes, you can earn a patch by hiking this trail, and completing a questionnaire. Mail a completed questionnaire with your answers on behalf of the entire unit, along with the number of patches you wish to order, to:

Bob Elliott
1208 Summit Oaks Drive
Burnsville, MN 55337

Cost: $2.50 per patch, plus $3.00 shipping for the entire order. Credit cards are not accepted.

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