Sibley State Park

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Sibley State Park CCC/Rustic Style Historic District
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Beach at Sibley State Park
Sibley State Park is located in Minnesota
Sibley State Park
Sibley State Park is located in the United States
Sibley State Park
LocationKandiyohi County, Minnesota, Off US 71 W of New London
Nearest cityNew London, Minnesota
Coordinates45°18′49″N 95°2′13″W / 45.31361°N 95.03694°W / 45.31361; -95.03694Coordinates: 45°18′49″N 95°2′13″W / 45.31361°N 95.03694°W / 45.31361; -95.03694
ArchitectCivilian Conservation Corps
MPSMinnesota State Park CCC/WPA/Rustic Style MPS
NRHP reference #89001673[1]
Added to NRHPJanuary 22, 1992

Sibley State Park is a Minnesota state park near New London, on the shores of Lake Andrew. It is named for Henry Hastings Sibley, the first governor of the state. A city park in Mankato, Minnesota is also named for Sibley.[2]

The rustic style stone structures in the park were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps between 1935 and 1938. These structures are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The layout of the park was a very functional example of master planning because it reduced congestion and overcrowding for swimmers, picnickers, and campers. It is rumored that a secret cache of memorabilia and other various items are buried underground in one of the park areas near the beach.

Wildlife[edit]

This park is home to mammalian species of white-tailed deer, red and gray foxes, coyote, raccoon, chipmunk, red and gray squirrels, mink, striped skunk, badger, and woodchuck. Bird watchers receive an opportunity to view ruffed grouses, great blue herons, egrets, wood ducks, Canada geese, scarlet tanagers, indigo buntings, pelicans, loons and bluebirds.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
  2. ^ "Sibley Park; Mankato, MN". www.mankatomn.gov. Retrieved May 10, 2019.

External links[edit]

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