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Shadows at the Crossing: Spirits of Old Traverse des Sioux

Journey back more than 160 years to meet some of the pioneer citizens of Traverse des Sioux. On a lantern guided walk, meet spirits along the way, telling stories about their lives and experiences at this place.

Meet the spirits of Methodist preacher, salesman, and author Edward Eggleston, The Great Spirit Woman Nancy Eastman, fur trader Joseph LaFramboise, missionary, teacher, and linguist Stephen Riggs, and more along the shadowy trail.

“Shadows at the Crossing: Spirits of Old Traverse des Sioux” is appropriate for children as well as adults. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 8+, and $20 for families. Nicollet County and Minnesota Historical Societies members receive a 20% discount.

Registration and advanced ticket purchases required. Sorry, no refunds or walk-ups. Group sizes are up to 4 people of your choosing or a family of up to six. Reservations can be made for Shadows at the Crossing by calling (507) 934-2160 or emailing

Traverse des Sioux

Traverse des Sioux park is located in St. Peter, MN, just off of US Highway 169.

1851 N. Minnesota Avenue
St. Peter, MN 56082

A free parking lot is available at the site.
Two disability parking spots are located near the Treaty Site History Center entrance. Unmarked parking directly next to trails.

Service dogs welcome.
There is no staff at Traverse des Sioux.
There are no restrooms at Traverse des Sioux. Accessible restrooms available at adjacent Treaty Site History Center.

For visitors with mobility disabilities
The main site trail is level gravel.
Locations to sit along the trail are available.

The Dakota first called it Oiyuwega or O-pta-ya-pi. Those coming after them would call the crossing Traverse des Sioux. The words in any language identify the natural bend in the Minnesota River where crossing was made easier in shallow water. The place lent itself to paths and later roads and gave its name to the site where cultures crossed and nations formed a treaty. 

The Treaty of Traverse des Sioux, signed July of 1851, transferred 24 million acres of land and resources from two Dakota bands to the federal government. For settlers hungry for land and opportunity, the Treaty was the answer. For the Dakota, who lost much of their financial settlement to traders and had promised reservation lands taken away as well, the Treaty brought dramatic and often tragic change. Today, there is little to mark the site of this historic agreement that changed the face of the United States.

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