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Address: 66250 County Road 21, New Ulm, MN 56073
Phone Number: 15073548666
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Savor the smells and sights of an 1870s general store as you sample the...

Savor the smells and sights of an 1870s general store as you sample the wares or try a game of checkers. When the railroad bypassed the small town of West Newton, the Harkin Store was forced to close with much of the unsold inventory still on the shelves, where it remains today.

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cool look back at time

great place to see looks like a store from the 1800's love the inside the store it was a great stop on the way to Fort Ridgely!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2016
dcpita
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New Ulm, Minnesota
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Eagan, MN
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The store is a great piece of history. When we arrived we read the historical marker that explained the origins of the general store. Then we proceeded to the store. We were told it was $6 each to enter but there would be a talk about the history of the store. We paid our $12 walked in and a woman... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a cute place out in the middle of no where. A very knowledgeable man explained everything to us- we could have spent much longer but the mosquitos were horrid - they need to spray. I strongly recommend the store. They have several handmade items from people in the community. I loved my Christmas ornament of the store, chicken pin... More 

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Thank Heather J
Courtland, Minnesota, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a wonderful place to go enjoy history! The people working there and with the crafts, are dressed in period clothing. Inside the store you feel like you went back in a time machine. Some of the crafts that have been there are sauerkraut making, peeling apples the old time way, and on the 4th of July they had... More 

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Ivanhoe, Minnesota, United States
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

The Harkin Store is a must see for people interested in Minnesota History. The store still has much of its original inventory which is a real treasure. Being off the beaten path, it retains its original setting.

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Thank John E
New Ulm, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2016

great place to see looks like a store from the 1800's love the inside the store it was a great stop on the way to Fort Ridgely!

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Thank dcpita
Bloomington, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Went to see the store as a side trip. It was interesting to see what people would come to the store for back then. If more light was added, it would take away from the history. The visit could be enhanced by a better illustration of what was on the river banks when the store was open. Overall, it was... More 

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Thank J H
Stillwater, Minnesota, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

We stopped here driving between Fort Ridgely and New Ulm. While I wouldn't make a day of just visiting the store, it is a great stop if you are already in the area. It was especially so because we had just come from the Fort, so it was a continuation of what we had been learning about life on the... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

West Newton, Minnesota, was busy town in 1872. A year later, it had been bypassed by the railroad and it was all downhill after that. Remarkably, the Harkin Store survived. Better, about 40% of its original stock is still on the shelves. (The remaining merchandise are exact reproductions.) The woman who gives the tour can seem a bit brusque, but... More 

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Lake Benton, Minnesota
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Poor lighting. It was difficult to see exhibits. There was to be a special setting for Christmas in July according to New Ulm Newspaper and there was nothing. We were so disappointed.

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Thank Betty J
Prior Lake, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The store was fascinating, the staff were not. The first volunteer we met made darn sure none of us wandered further than the porch whie they ran my husband credit card. Not to worry as the volunteer inside seemed annoyed visitors had come and wasn't going to start regurgitation her memorized speech until everyone was in the store. IT was... More 

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