Wabasha-Kellogg: an Introduction
Considered the oldest city on the upper Mississippi River, Wabasha sits just 90 minutes south of the Twin Cities in Minnesota’s beautiful bluff country, just a short trip across the bridge from Wisconsin. A beautiful, historic river town featuring art galleries, antiques, the historic Anderson House Hotel, quaint B&Bs, and fantastic restaurants, Wabasha is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway or a day trip from the Twin Cities.
The city celebrates its rich history as home to over 50 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, mostly residing on Main Street in the downtown historic district. Wabasha is also home to Grumpy & Grumpier Old Men films and the National Eagle Center.
Wabasha celebrates the annual Grumpy Old Men Festival (2013 marks the 20th anniversary), Riverboat Days (2013 marks the 35th anniversary) and SeptOberfest.
Just to the north of Wabasha lies Reads Landing, founded by Charles Read. Reads Landing was the ideal spot for thousands of lumber rafts loaded with timber and a popular gathering place each spring as steamboats waited for the ice to leave Lake Pepin. Once one of the largest communities on the Mississippi River, Reads Landing was home to 17 hotels, 21 saloons and 15 mercantile stores.
Kellogg, Wabasha’s sister city lies five minutes south on Highway 61 and is home to one of the most unique toy museums- Lark Toys.
Visitors to the Wabasha-Kellogg area will be amazed at the incredible history within the area as well as the many different ways to explore the area. For detailed information, visit www.wabashamn.org.