Sandstone, Minnesota

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Sandstone is a city in Pine County, Minnesota, United States, along the Kettle River. The population was 1,549 at the 2000 census.

Interstate 35 and Minnesota State Highways 18 and 23 are three of the main arterial routes in the community.

Banning State Park is nearby.



Originally the Village of Fortuna was platted by W. A. Porter and incorporated on May 19, 1857. It was originally platted at the junction of the Douglas Highway ("Government Road") and Kettle River. Fortuna served as the county seat for Buchanan County, Minnesota. By 1887, it had 200 residents. Just north of Fortuna, the Village of Sandstone was platted in June 1887 and incorporated on September 28, 1887. On April 14, 1920, the villages of Fortuna and Sandstone merged and re-incorporated as the City of Sandstone.[3]

The city's name in the Ojibwe language is Asinikaaning, meaning "At the quarrying place" due to the sandstone quarry located at the edge of the city.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.4 square miles (14.1 km²), of which, 5.3 square miles (13.7 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (2.57%) is water.


Sandstone is located on the Kettle River, known for its glacial kettles, and rapids well-loved by kayakers and canoers. The town was built-up around a large Sandstone quarry. Railroad conglomerate James J. Hill built many of the remaining sandstone structures in the town.

The city has Robinson Park, an historic and natural area that serves as the picnic area for the community, hosts ice climbing in the winter, preserving the Sandstone Quarry history and is an access point for the Kettle River.

The Sandstone Ice Festival celebrates the coming of winter and is held in the beginning of December each year. The event welcomes in the winter with ice climbing, winter camping and snow shoeing. In the spring local paddlers host the Kettle River Paddle Festival, an event for canoers and kayakers. A down river race and a white-water rodeo attract paddlers from all over the mid-western United states.

The community is surrounded by Banning State Park, has a connection to the Munger Bicycle Trail and is home to the Audubon Center of the North Woods, a residential environmental education and conference facility that offers programs for schools, adults, colleges, and retreats.

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