Minneapolis Northwest KOA, near Minneapolis, Minnesota
A Target Destination on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour
By Jim Fulton
|Day of Tour||73|
|Map miles from last stop||283|
|Mileage on arrival||23,670|
|Actual miles from last stop||262|
|Accumulated miles for trip||6,765|
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I spent a week at Minneapolis, Minnesota. The highlight of the stay was a trip to the Science Museum of Minnesota, across the Mississippi River in St. Paul. Among many other attractions, they had an excellent collection of fossils.
Minneapolis/St. Paul is a major metropolitan area, a mega-city that has evolved like other North American cities to have pretty much the same variety of architectures and cultural attractions, so it would take years to explore it in enought depth to find what makes it unique. The Mississippi River has it headwaters in that region, but has already reached gargantuan proportions by the time it reaches the city.
Minneapolis Northwest KOA
The KOA here was quite pleasant. Situated in one of the few remaining gaps between the many suburbs that make up the Minneapolis/St. Paul mega-city, it was quiet and restful, except for the occasional nearby train that I've come to take as a normal part of camping.
The campground is spacious, with a comfortable mix of sun and shade. The gravel sites were just wide enough and long enough for my truck and trailer.
I would definitely return to this campground if I come back to the Minneapolis area.
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Points of Interest
Although there were other items on my list, the only point of interest I took the time to see was the Science Museum of Minnesota.
Science Museum of Minnesota
The SMM (https://www.smm.org/) is well-planned and very popular, especially for school field trips. Its fossil collection is only a small part of its offerings. However, it was the fossils I came to see, so I have few photos of the rest of the museum.
Photo Gallery for Science Museum of Minnesota
Fossils at the Science Museum of Minnesota
The SMM has an excellent fossil collection, and I took lots of photos. As of right now, however, I am unable to show you those photos, since my fossil photo collection is under major redevelopment, and I would rather organize them once and for all than take time now for a temporary local collection. They will come, I promise you. It's only a matter of correcting a few bugs in the programming, thereby generating a few new bugs and correcting those, thereby ....
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For Further Reading
As always this story is based on what I have learned from an eclectic variety of sources, which I list below. In the main these sources are, I believe, scientifically reputable, though their conclusions might have been superseded by later research. On occasion I might draw on sources that I believe to be less than reputable for contrast and dramatic effect, but I will note my judgment in its listing. (You may not share that judgment.) The morals and conclusions I have drawn in the story are my own speculations; I cannot blame them on anyone else:
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Because my stories overlap in their topics, so these lists of sources will overlap. It is my plan to build a comprehensive Bibliography for the Phoenix Nest, but since the Nest is constantly growing, that has turned out to be a much more difficult task than I had anticipated. My web skills need to grow.
From Minneapolis, I headed to Wisconsin, to Tomah, to be precise, where I had hoped to see the Blackberry Hill Fossil Site.
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