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Brandon in Otter Tail County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Inspiration Peak

 
 
Inspiration Peak Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 16, 2018
1. Inspiration Peak Marker
Inscription. For Minnesota's Nobel Prizewinning novelist Sinclair Lewis, Inspiration Peak more than lived up to its name. From its "bald top," he wrote, "there is to be seen a glorious, 20-mile circle of some 50 lakes scattered among fields and pastures, like sequins fallen on an old Paisley shawl." Praising "the enchanting peace and seclusion of this place for contemplation," Lewis at the same time chided Minnesotans for not knowing about their own “haunts of beauty,” and added that he might write the governor, “asking His Excellency if he has ever stood on Inspiration Point.”

The highest point is the Leaf Hills portion of the Alexandria glacial moraine. Inspiration Peak rises some 400 feet above Spitzer Lake. Although off the beaten track and not mentioned in early exploration literature, it has recently been promoted as a northwestern Minnesota landmark, celebrated primarily for its views of the bright rolling country around it.
 
Erected 1989 by Minnesota Historical Society.
 
Location. 46° 8.27′ N, 95° 34.662′ W. Marker is in Brandon, Minnesota, in Otter Tail County. Marker can be reached from 120th Street (County Highway 38) north of 435th Avenue when traveling east. Touch for map.
Inspiration Peak Marker (<i>tall view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 16, 2018
2. Inspiration Peak Marker (tall view)
Marker is located within Inspiration Peak State Wayside Park, near the north end of the parking lot, just north of 120th Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Brandon MN 56315, United States of America.
 
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1. Inspiration Peak. In the southern part of Otter Tail County is a collection of glacial features known as the Leaf Hills. The highest among them is Inspiration Peak, just west of Urbank. It rises 1,750 feet, about 400 feet above the surrounding countryside Making it the highest point in the county and one of the highest points in the state of Minnesota. (Submitted on July 17, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Inspiration Peak. The conical-shaped hill is a kame formed atop the Alexandria Moraine, a terminal moraine left by the Wadena and Des Moines lobes of the Wisconsonian glaciation. It is on the boundary between the deciduous forest to the east and prairie to the west. In fact both biomes are present on the hill; its foot is covered with a predominantly oak forest, while its open upper reaches have prairie species such as pasqueflower, blazing star, asters, and goldenrod. Author Sinclair Lewis, a native of nearby Sauk Centre, Minnesota, (Submitted on July 17, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Sinclair Lewis (The Nobel Prize in Literature 1930). I was
Inspiration Peak Marker (<i>wide view; foot trail up to the peak in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 16, 2018
3. Inspiration Peak Marker (wide view; foot trail up to the peak in background)
born in a prairie village in that most Scandinavian part of America, Minnesota, the son of a country doctor, in 1885. Until I went East to Yale University I attended the ordinary public school, along with many Madsens, Olesons, Nelsons, Hedins, Larsons. Doubtless it was because of this that I made the hero of my second book, The Trail of the Hawk, a Norwegian, and Gustaf Sondelius, of Arrowsmith, a Swede – and to me, Dr. Sondelius is the favorite among all my characters. (Submitted on October 12, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Inspiration Peak View (<i>from summit, about 1/3 mile uphill from marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 16, 2018
4. Inspiration Peak View (from summit, about 1/3 mile uphill from marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 16, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 13, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 17, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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