Maplewood State Park
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Fall colors at Maplewood State Park
|Location:||Otter Tail County, Minnesota|
|Nearest city:||Pelican Rapids, Minnesota|
|Added to NRHP:||December 18, 1978|
Maplewood State Park is a state park of Minnesota, United States, near Pelican Rapids. The park preserves a pre-contact habitation site that was occupied in two different periods (650-900 CE and 1450-1650 CE) in a forest/prairie transition zone. Located in the Leaf Mountains, Maplewood encompasses 9,250 acres (3,740 ha) in Otter Tail County and is known for its hardwood trees including sugar maple, basswood, American elm, and oak, which together provide a stunning display of fall colors each year.
Jim Fletcher, the author of The Lore Adventure Trilogy, built several small villages with the help of both students of the Pelican Rapids High School, and other local people. Several of these villages are placed in Maplewood State Park. One is accessible by a hiking trail, while another is located inside one of the lakes. Those are two of the known locations, while there may be many others inside of Maplewood.
Jim Fletcher also is an artist, and he was chosen to paint a mural onto one of the walls in Pelican Rapids High School. The artist told a friend that the mural was a hint to where one of his villages was hidden. The mural is not visible to the public, for that part of the school is dangerous.
- Nord, Mary Ann (2003). The National Register of Historic Places in Minnesota: A Guide. St. Paul, Minnesota: Minnesota Historical Society Press.
- "Maplewood State Park, Otter Tail County, MN". http://www.co.otter-tail.mn.us/maplewood/.
- "The Lore Adventure". http://www.loreadventure.com/navigate.htm.
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