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Historic Downtown and RiverWalk Fergus Falls is a river city. It was settled when transporta-tion and industry were still dependent on water power. It was the river that drew settlers from the East who recognized the rapids along the Otter Tail River as a sign of future prosperity. Dozens of historic buildings and sites in downtown Fergus Falls tell the story of those who settled in Fergus Falls. Through guided tours of Lincoln Avenue or a self-guided stroll along the RiverWalk, our history comes alive. See calendar of events on pages X for guided tour dates by the OTCHM, 218-736-6038. History Fergus Falls State Hospital Drive through the campus and revel in the beauty of the Fergus Falls State Hospital. Located at the northernmost end of Union Avenue, this castle-like historic structure built in the 1890s is one of the few remaining complete examples of a Thomas Kirkbride-designed psychiatric hospital. Sitting atop a hill, the eight-story brick tower is capped by a red tile roof. Two wings of patient rooms run east and west from the tower. The main building is about 1,600 feet long and at one time housed as many as 2,000 mentally-ill patients. Now owned by the City of Fergus Falls, a redevelopment and reuse effort is underway to preserve this local treasure. 218-332-5400. Phelps Mill A unique, very picturesque spot in the Otter Tail country-side is Phelps Mill. Originally called the Maine Roller Mills, the mill is no longer in operation but is now the focal point of a beautifully landscaped county park. The original milling equip-ment is still there with descriptions about its workings. During the Phelps Mill Festival, July 11th and 12th, art and history combine for the area’s largest, high quality, art and craft event in the area. The festival also provides two full days of food, entertainment and kids’ activities. www.PhelpsMillFestival.com Otter Tail County Historical Museum The OTCHM is recognized as one of the best local history museums in Minnesota. From authentically recreated dioramas and period rooms to creative hands-on activities, the museum is a unique cultural resource the entire family can enjoy. New in 2015 is the exhibition “Great Objects, Great Moments, Great Memories.” OTCHS collects artifacts that illustrate moments in history and have the power to inspire ordinary and extraordi-nary recollections. Both individually and collectively, the wide variety of objects in the exhibit represent common and unique events. As visitors interact with the objects on display, they are encouraged to share their own thoughts and experiences. “Great Objects, Great Moments, Great Memories” runs until December 2015. The Museum is open Monday-Friday 9-5, Sat-urdays 9-2 (June-August only). Admission is $5 for ages 12 to adult; $2 for children 5-11; and free for kids under 5. www. otchs.org, 1110 Lincoln Ave. W, 218-736-6038. Photo by Joanne Lillevold Eye Catching Interactive Exhibits • Genealogical Research Center Unique Special Events Downtown Fergus Falls Mystery Tour Stories from the State Hospital • Lake Alice Cyclone Tour VisitFergusFalls.com • 800.726.8959 15

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