City of Red Wing

Memorial Park

Memorial Park Entrance SignMemorial Park's view of the community, Mississippi River and bluffs of both Minnesota and Wisconsin should not be missed. The roadway off East Seventh Street is accessible spring through late fall. Once at the top of Sorin's Bluff, you'll see hiking and biking trails, picnic tables, charcoal grills, a 9 hole Frisbee golf course and open spaces to explore.

Trail Steps

   Picnic Tables  Frisbee Golf

 

 

 

 


History

Red Wing's lime industry started at the base of Barns Bluff where, in 1853 Phineas Fish operated a makeshift kiln. He gathered limestone debris from the bluff and reduced it to lime. More distant Sorin's Bluff didn't get into the lime picture for another 25 years. Then it challenged Barn Bluff for supremacy in Minnesota's lime center.

Sorins Bluff, ca 1900Quarrying ended around 1910, and activity on Sorin's quieted until Red Wing civic leaders of the Womens Community Assocation and Soldiers Memorial Association combined forces and started work on Memorial Park, a scenic Sorin's Bluff retreat dedicated to soldiers of all wars.

Scenic OverlookThey first raised money to buy 93 acres, then improved the quarry road to the summit. A parkway around the bluff top completed the first phase of the project. Veterans of the First World War made improvements to the park by clearing brush and planting trees. Red Wing dedicated Memorial Park in the fall of 1929, and over the years the city secured more land for the reserve.

 

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