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Arco, Minnesota: H.P. Pederson Rock Garden

A folk art site dating to the 1940s. H.P. Pederson covered his gas station with rocks, and built rock sculptures next door. The gas station is now a rock-encrusted house; a few sculptures, including a nice Statue of Liberty, were moved to a nearby campground.

W. Laurel St., Arco, MN
Rock-encrusted gas station is downtown, on the north side of W. Laurel St. just east of its intersection with Hawthorn St. Sculptures are at Stay Lake Campground. From the gas station, drive east on Hwy 7/15 for a quarter-mile. You'll see a lake on the left. Turn at the first left, Anderson Park Rd. You'll quickly see the campground and sculptures on the right.
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H.P. Pederson Rock Garden

Pretty cool. The left turn off of 715 is Anderson Park Road. That takes you to the campground and the sculptures.

[Brian From Rockland County NY, 06/07/2014]

Former Texaco station.

H.P. Pederson Rock Garden

The tiny prairie town of Arco once boasted a rock-bedazzled Texaco gas station and adjoining H.P. Pederson Rock Garden. It used to be a major tourist attraction. It's said that in 1949 over 4,000 people visited the site. The Texaco has been converted to a private residence and the rock garden has been disassembled. A few of the sculptures were moved to a campground a few miles outside of town.

[BS Meyer, 01/07/2014]

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