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Harkin Store, New Ulm

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History Museum Historic Site
Harkin's General Store is all that remains of West Newton, in Nicollet County, Minnesota, United States. Most of the stock was left when the store was closed and abandoned, and remains today as a museum managed by the Nicollet County Historical Society in partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society.
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  • Our destination was the Harkin Store and I'm glad we stopped. It was a quick visit and you can plan to spend about a half hour there. Although there isn't that much to see it was a good learning exper...  more »
  • This museum, which has a narrated presentation and opportunity for questions, brings alive the 1880's experience. The store has preserved much of the ambiance of the original, including the actual ite...  more »
  • For only $6 per person, I received a history lesson on family who owned the store, the 1870 town that once stood there, it's demise, and a grand look around inside where almost half the items displaye...  more »
  • I recall visiting it in 1970. I often thought about returning the stuff my dad stole from the garage. It was on the east side with a attic full. I think it was owned by Masapoust then. I recall that late summer night after dusk i was by the front garage and she came out the front to feed the kitties. Scared me stiff. It was really stupid.
  • A nicely maintained General Store from the 1870s. The staff dress in period clothing and are very knowledgable about the local history and the period accurate goods featured in the store. It's a small piece of history that was fun to stumble upon. There is a small gift shop.
  • Don't miss this hidden gem. Old post office / general store filled with items that were sold back in the day. Gift store has some unusual and interesting items. Books, maps and old fashioned candy.
  • Before making a special trip to see the Harkin Store, there is a per person fee involved to get in. I saw a sign for the store when visiting a local state park. I made the trip over to see what the store had to offer. When I got to the top of the steps, a gentleman had stopped me and said there was a fee to get in. I didn't have cash on me, but I doubt I would have paid the fee anyway. I was quite sad to see about 12 - 15 other people forced to turn around due to the cost and/or not having cash. Even though it was out of my way, the scenic byway drive was enjoyable.
  • a nice scenic road to travel all year long to get to the store. many original items on display and a gift shop too.

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