Near Comfrey in Cottonwood County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Florence Cook Roefer Prairie Trail
“Grand Old Lady of the Prairie"
Florence Cook Roefer (1913-2000) was an early leader in preserving these rock carvings and the surrounding prairie. As the first site manager of Jeffers Petroglyphs, Florence nurtured 33 acres of unplowed native prairie and supervised one of Minnesota's first prairie restorations on the site's 47 tilled acres. Florence had a great love of native prairie. She was recognized for her unique contribution to the preservation of Minnesota's cultural and natural heritage as the "Grand Old Lady of the Prairie" by Governor Jesse Ventura in 2000.
This mowed and rolling trail of native and restored prairie stretches 3/4 of a mile back to the visitor center. Along this path you will find plants, insects and animals representing many different habitats. Near the end of this trail is a rock polished to a mirror finish by back-scratching buffalo.
Erected by Minnesota Historical Society.
Location. 44° 5.497′ N, 95° 3.031′ W. Marker is Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 27160 County Road 2, Comfrey MN 56019, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Glaciers Marked the Rock (a few steps from this marker); Survival Through Fire (approx. 0.2 miles away); Prairie Preservation (approx. ¼ mile away); Why did people come to this region? (approx. ¼ mile away); How did this Prairie get here? (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sanborn, Minnesota Veterans Memorial (approx. 8.1 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 10.7 miles away); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (approx. 10.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Comfrey.
More about this marker. Jeffers Petroglyphs is home to about 5,000 sacred rock carvings, also called petroglyphs, made by the ancestors of today’s Native Americans. Jeffers tells the story of this continent like no other place — connecting visitors to those who lived and traveled in ancient times across what is now known as North America.
Also see . . . More at the Jeffers Petroglyphs website. (Submitted on October 10, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 10, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 53 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on October 10, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 10, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.