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Red Wing in Goodhue County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Kiwanis Stairway

 
 
Kiwanis Stairway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 24, 2009
1. Kiwanis Stairway Marker
Inscription. Citizens of Red Wing have long sought convenient access to the summit of Mt. La Grange (Barn Bluff) to enjoy the impressive view of the Mississippi valley.

In 1889 local civic leader C.C. Webster promoted the construction of a path up the west face of the bluff. Built with volunteer labor, it became known as Webster's Way.

In 1908 members of the Civic League under the leadership of A.W. Pratt, organized a community group to rebuild the then long-neglected pathway. For several years thereafter high school seniors, under the supervision of George H. Cook, held an annual half-day work holiday to maintain the path.

In 1929 the Red Wing Kiwanis Club sponsored the building of a concrete stairway along Webster's Way to the crest. To provide the funds, local citizens purchased steps inscribed with their names.

With the dedication August 24, 1929 by Gov. Theo. Christianson, the Kiwanis stairway became a point of great interest in the area.

Building of the Eisenhower Bridge in 1959 resulted in the removal of much of the stairway. The steps were reset in 1975–6 along the southeast side of the bluff.

Beginning at this point, a pathway again provides means of ascent to the top of one of Red Wing's historic landmarks.
 
Erected 1976 by
Kiwanis Stairway Marker <i>[right foreground]</i> image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 24, 2009
2. Kiwanis Stairway Marker [right foreground]
the Red Wing Kiwanis Club.
 
Location. 44° 34.086′ N, 92° 31.179′ W. Marker is in Red Wing, Minnesota, in Goodhue County. Marker can be reached from East 5th Street half a mile east of Bluff Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is southeast of the bluff, along the pathway going to the crest of the bluff. Marker is in this post office area: Red Wing MN 55066, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mt. La Grange – Barn Bluff (a few steps from this marker); Barn Bluff (within shouting distance of this marker); The G.A. Carlson Lime Kiln (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Remember the Maine (approx. 0.3 miles away); Geology of Minnesota (approx. 0.4 miles away); William Colvill (approx. ĺ mile away); National Newspaper Association (approx. 0.8 miles away); T.B. Sheldon Memorial Auditorium (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Red Wing.
 
Categories. LandmarksMan-Made Features
 
Mt. La Grange / Barn Bluff image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 24, 2009
3. Mt. La Grange / Barn Bluff
Photo taken from Wisconsin, looking towards Minnesota.
Red Wing and Barn Bluff image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 22, 2011
4. Red Wing and Barn Bluff
Photo taken from Sorin's Bluff.
Stairway to Mount La Grange image. Click for full size.
Carole J. Chauncey Collection, circa 1940's
5. Stairway to Mount La Grange
Description:An important tourist attraction in Red Wing, is Barn Bluff, more accurately known as Mount La Grange, which provides many scenic highlights to the visitor. A stairway is the only means of ascent to this majestic landmark on the Mississippi.

Details:State:Minnesota (MN) City:Red Wing Publisher:E. C. Knopp Co Type:Linen Size:3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm) Stock #:211944
Main St. and Mt. La Grange image. Click for full size.
Carole J. Chauncey Collection, circa 1940's
6. Main St. and Mt. La Grange
Historic Main Street extends to the base of Mount La Grange, commonly called Barnís Bluff.

Details:State:Minnesota (MN) City:Red Wing Publisher:Curt Teich & Co. Type:Linen Size:3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm) Stock #:225003
Barn Bluff And Stairway image. Click for full size.
Carole J. Chauncey Collection, 1940's
7. Barn Bluff And Stairway
Barn Bluff, so called because to the early river travelers it appeared as a huge barn, is now known as Mt. La Grange The memorial stairway leading to the summit, an ideal spot to view the historic Mississippi and surrounding territory, was built by the Kiwanis Club.

Details:State:Minnesota (MN)City:Red Wing Publisher:E. C. Kropp Co. Type:Linen Size:3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm) Stock #:42556 Description:
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,234 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   4. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Carole J Chauncey of Satellite Beach, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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