Dassel, Minnesota: Ergot Museum

Exhibits on the story of ergot -- a fungus grown in Dassel and used by the pharmaceutical industry for many years.

Dassel History Center and Ergot Museum

Address:
901 1st St. N., Dassel, MN
Directions:
North edge of town, at the Dassel History Center and Ergot Museum, which is inside the old Universal Laboratories building. Take US Hwy 12 into town, then turn north onto 1st St., just east of the BP station. Drive north on 1st St. for four blocks. The Universal Laboratories building will be on the left, at the corner of Lake St.
Hours:
T-F 10 am - 4 pm, Sa 9 am - 1 pm. (Call to verify)
Phone:
320-275-3077
Admission:
Free/Donation
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Universal Laboratories Museum - Ergot!

The Universal Laboratories museum is the home of the Dassel Area Historical Society. The main exhibits of the beautifully restored building focus on telling the story of ergot. (Ergot is a fungus that grows on grain and was used by the pharmaceutical industry.) This small town was the largest US supplier of raw ergot to drug companies for many years.

[K. Illg, 12/06/2009]

There's also the Humongous Fungus in Crystal Falls, Michigan, although it appears to have been left alone -- unmined for its pharmaceutical gold.

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