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  Jeffers Petroglyphs Entrance and Visitor Center
by Stephen-KarenConn

The Jeffers Petroglyphs, in a small prairie surrounded by the farmland of southwestern Minnesota, are images etched into slabs of red rock thousands of years ago. Just as great cathedrals can provide insight into the spiritual life of Europeans over the ages, this serene site on the Minnesota prairie offers a glimpse into the spiritual life of the native peoples who have lived here for centuries.

These stone etchings (Petro/rock Glyphs/writing) depict buffalo, elk, turtles, thunderbirds, weapons and human forms. A very nice Visitor Center operated by the Minnesota Historical Society gives the visitor an orientation to the site. A staff member volunteered to takes us for a personal tour along the trail that leads from the center, to point out and explain the carvings. She left us when a light rain started, but we continued the trail with strong gusts of prairie wind turning our umbrellas inside out. What fun!

The site is open daily in the summer, and Friday-Sunday in May. Admission is $5.00 adults and $3.00 children.

Address: 27160 County Road 2, Comfrey, MN 56019
Directions: Located three miles east of U.S. Hwy. 71 on Cottonwood County Rd. 10, then one mile south on County Rd. 2.
Phone: 507-628-5591
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/places/sites/jp

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 23, 2004
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