Minot, North Dakota: Scandinavian Heritage Park, Dala Horse

Along with the big, red, blocky horse, there are unique Scandinavian-style buildings and a statue of the Father of Modern Skiing.
Address:
1020 South Broadway, Minot, ND
Directions:
South side of downtown. At the corner of US 83/Broadway and 11th Ave. SW.
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House with grass growing on the roof. Scandinavian Heritage Park, Dala Horse

The Scandinavian Heritage Park has some pretty cool historical buildings, and we talked to several docents who had lots of information about the park and the architecture. But we were ecstatic to learn that the park also had a statue of Sondre Norheim, the "Father of Modern Skiing!"

[Dale Divers, 09/25/2010]
Dala Horse. Dala Horse - Scandinavian Heritage Park

Scandinavian Heritage Park is located on Broadway and 11th ave -- there is a lot to see here if you are of Scandinavian descent. The visitor center is only open until 5 pm.

[diane, 07/24/2007]
Dala Horse. Scandinavian Heritage Park, Dala Horse

The Scandinavian Heritage Park in Minot, ND, features a large Swedish Dala horse. It also has a grass-roofed Stabbur, an Olympic monument with an eternal flame (which was out when I was there), a small Danish windmill, and bronze statues of Leif Erickson and other famous Scandinavians that I had never heard of. There is a 220+ year old log house from Sweden or Norway that was disassembled, shipped to Minot, and reassembled at the Scandinavian Heritage Park, making it the oldest building in North Dakota.

When I was there construction was underway on an exact replica of an 800-year-old stave church. They did use tar paper on the roof under the wood shingles, which I am guessing is not historically accurate.

[Nathan L. Forrider, 03/02/2003]

The Dala Horse could be mistaken for the one in Mora, MN. Rumor in the late 1990s was Minot was borrowing the engineering plans from a 50-ft. Dala Horse in Sweden...but what they ended up with actually looks smaller than Mora's.

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