Montevideo, focal point of activity in the Prairie Waters region sits at the confluence of the Chippewa and Minnesota Rivers. That pleasant setting offers three major parks: Smith, Lagoon and Windom Park Recreation Area. It’s easy to see why ‘Monte’ (as the locals call it) is dubbed the “City of Parks”.
During Fiesta Days, held annually the third week in June, the citizens of Montevideo celebrate the relationship they’ve developed with their sister city, the South American city of Montevideo in Uruguay. A reminder of this international connection is the 11-foot-tall statue of Uruguay’s hero of independence, Jose Artigas, standing prominently in downtown Montevideo’s (MN) Artigas Plaza on Main Street…thousands of miles away from Uruguay.
In addition, the Montevideo calendar is filled with other attractions, events and activities like the Minnesota Valley Antique Farm Power and Machinery Association’s Annual Steam Threshing Show at Heritage Hill in August, an 18-hole golf course, car races, Medieval Madness Mini Golf, a disc golf course, community swimming and water slide, ice fishing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling along 200 miles of groomed trails. The Minnesota is one of the few canoe-able rivers in Southwestern Minnesota with the
best canoeing occurring during high water time each spring.
- Kids & Women’s activities
- Flea Market
- Small Gas Engines
- Blacksmith Shop
- Plowing with Tractors & Horses
- Corn Shelling
- Steam Threshing & MUCH MORE!!
Hope you plan to come and visit the annual Swap Meet and Threshing Show!
The mission of the Milwaukee Road Heritage Center is to collect and restore Milwaukee Road memorabilia and artifacts and to develop a Milwaukee Road Museum and Railroad Park for historical and educational purposes. The Milwaukee Road Heritage Center had its beginnings in 1992 as the Minn-Kota Railroad Historical Society. The organization was formed by a group of Montevideo civic leaders, railroad lovers and history enthusiasts who wanted to preserve the history of railroads in western Minnesota. Be sure to check out the collection of railroad cars which also includes one of The Milwaukee Road’s unique rib side cabooses — owned by MRHC member Robert Lark — which were constructed at the railroad’s Milwaukee shops; a 50-foot-long former Milwaukee Road boxcar, a Touralux sleeper — Mt. Rushmore — built for the Olympian Hiawatha passenger train, and a former express/baggage car. Be sure to visit the museum for more information! Photo Credit: Kate Grabosky
Nestled along the shores of the Chippewa River is where you’ll find the beautiful Lagoon Park Campground. Campsites are equipped with water/elec. hookups.A modern restroom facility is located next to campsites. Smith Park, directly S. of campground, offers volleyball, softball, horseshoe court & two shelters for larger gatherings, with grills & water on site. Wildwood Park, just to the N. is a scenic wilderness area with a walking trail. Overlooking the campground is Windom Park, with outdoor pool & water slide, volleyball, tennis, basketball & softball. In the summer of 1998, all of this connected with Montevideo’s bike trail system throughout and around our tree-lined city. Here you’ll also find a fun 9 basket disc golf course!