Birthplace of America  LbNA # 17142

OwnerTeam Pocket Lake    
Placed DateJul 20 2005
CountyDouglas
LocationLake Brophy County Park, Alexandria, MN
Boxes1
Found Bywallflower
Last UpdateOct 19 2013

Clues

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Time: Approximately 25 min. from Interstate 94

From Interstate 94 take exit 103 to Alexandria.
Head north on Minnesota 29, which becomes Broadway. Stay on Broadway past 3rd Ave. Notice the Runestone Museum on your left and wave to Big Ole on your right (3.4 miles). Did you notice the words on Big Ole's shield?
Continue on Agnes Blvd. until it ends (.7 miles).
Turn left on County 37 and continue to the stop sign (.2 miles).

Jog left, then turn right on Douglas County 22. Soon you will see Lake Darling on your right. Immediately after crossing the bridge, turn left on West Lake Cowdry (1 mile).

Follow West Lake Cowdry around the lake until you come to a stop sign (1.3 miles).

Turn right on County 82. Enter Lake Brophy County Park (1.1 miles) and park in the lot.

Notice the swings, the slide and the stairs leading to the lake. Go to the fire pit near the pump. Walk around the outside of the pit until the entrance to the pit is at 12:00. Look for the letterbox between the two pink rocks located at 7:00 near the bottom of the wall.



Please be sure it is carefully hidden after you stamp in, so it won't be found by non-letterboxers.





The Kensington Runestone and the enduring mystery of its origin continue to be the hallmark of the Runestone Museum. The Runestone Museum has been home to the Kensington Runestone since 1958. This is recent history when compared to the span of the Runestone’s life. It was discovered in 1898 clutched in the roots of the aspen tree on the Olaf Ohman farm near Kensington (15 miles west of Alexandria). The Kensington Runestone has led researchers from around the world and across the centuries on an exhaustive quest to explain how a runic artifact, dated 1362, could show up in North America.The discovery of the Kensington Runestone changed the life of Olof Ohman and his descendants forever. To this day, anyone who visits the museum will recognize instantly that there is something unusual about this artifact. An understatement is that it has been a lightning rod for debate.For more than 100 years, scientists, geologists, and linguists have studied the stone in an effort to offer a conclusive answer to the question of the Kensington Runestone’s authenticity. Our research library is packed with books and articles exploring the story of the stone.A short drive from the museum will take you to the Kensington Park, the site of the Ohman farm. Walk the hills of this beautiful Douglas County Park to see the very place where Olof Ohman found the stone. An effort is now underway to gain a new perspective on this chapter of the saga. The county map is available at the Runestone Museum.As you travel around this part of Minnesota, notice that many businesses use the Runestone or the vikings as an identifying symbol. You will begin to understand just how far-reaching this saga is. Indeed, the name for the National Football League’s Minnesota Vikings is a direct outcome of the fame of the Kensington Runestone. The Runestone is featured on 2.300 of the new 20 foot UHaul moving vans representing the state of Minnesota. Watch for them as you travel. To learn more about the Runestone go to uhaul.com for more information.


Kensington Runestone
Kensington Runestone Park

This Letterbox Was Replaced 11-4-11 & 11-23-13

Adopted From: Choi

UPDATE 11-23-13: Replaced Baggies. Added new container (Beverage Coaster Tin), Camera did not fit in the new container so it has been removed.