The Yellowstone Trail of Minnesota is producing a series of collectible wooden nickels that travelers can find along the Yellowstone Trail. Buy your folder for $5 at any of the locations, then start collecting!

Here are some examples of the Yellowstone Trail collectible wooden nickels that will be available –

Here are the locations from Montevideo to Waconia!

Historic Chippewa City
151 Arnie Anderson Drive (Pioneer Drive)
Montevideo, MN 56265
Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Weekends and Holidays
1-5 pm Memorial Day through Labor Day
Friday, 9am-5pm only during September

Yellow Medicine County Historical Society and Museum
5500 Hwy 67, PO Box 145
Granite Falls, MN 56241
Wednesday-Sunday, 9:30am-4:30pm

Andrew Volstead House Museum
163 9th Ave.
Granite Falls, MN 56241
Friday 1-5, Saturday 11-3

Bluenose Gopher Public House Cooperative, 681 Prentice St., Granite Falls 320-564-0034

Renville County Historical Society
441 N. Park Dr.
Morton, MN 56270

Sacred Heart Area Historical Society
300 5th Avenue
Sacred Heart, MN 56285
Tuesdays and Fridays 1-5 pm or by appointment
August 20th 1-3 pm ; Summerfest (July 14-17th) 1-4 pm

Danube Historical Society
1st Street and the Tracks – or 404 1st St.
Danube, MN
Tuesday and Friday afternoons , 1:30-4pm

Renville Museum, Renville, MN
Saturdays 1-4 pm June-August
and by appointment

Bird Island Cultural Centre
640 Dogwood Ave.,
Bird Island, MN 55310
Summer hours – Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 1-4pm
Winter hours – Monday – Friday 10am-5pm

R & S Snowmobile Museum
107 Main Street
Hector, MN
Call for appointment

Wilkommen Heritage Center,102 E Main St, in Norwood Young America.

Open Th- Sat 10am to 2pm

Carver County Historical Society
555 West First Street
Waconia, MN 55387
Monday-Friday 8am-4:30 pm, Saturday 9-1

Historic Andrew Peterson Farm
8060 MN-5
Waconia, MN 55387

In the past, a wooden nickel was not legal tender but instead more of a novelty coin often redeemable for an item such as a drink issued by merchants or banks as part of a promotion. Wooden nickels became popular in the 1930s though they may date back as far as the 1880s. Here’s an example from northern Minnesota in the 50s –

Wooden Nickels were also used by bars as a type of coupon to return later for a drink.

1 Comment »

  1. There’s another stop on the YT where you can collect another special wooden nickel: Norwood Young America, MN.

    It’s on the trail and the nickels are available at the Wilkommen Heritage Center. It’s located at 102 E Main St, in Norwood Young America.

    Open Th- Sat 10am to 2pm

    Phone: 952-467-4227


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