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Cold Spring, Minnesota: Grasshopper Assumption Chapel

Erected to remember a Minnesota grasshopper plague. The governor declared a statewide Day of Prayer, then a freak sleet storm killed all the grasshoppers!

Pilgrimage Rd, Cold Spring, MN
I-94 exit 164. Drive west on Hwy 23 to Cold Spring. Take a left at the first stoplight onto Chapel St. Go about a half block, and take the first left (there may be a small white sign that says "Chapel Hill" at this turn). Go another half block, and take a right at the stone sign onto Pilgrimage Rd. Go through the gates and up the hill. The Chapel is located on top of the hill.
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Grasshopper Chapel

At the chapel site you will see a tree that seems quite disfigured. During a tornado, the original chapel was lifted off its foundation and was carried about 100 feet. The chapel was dropped on two trees (one has since been cut down) and the trees held up. The Chapel was removed and the trees have kept this shape for over 100 years.

[Jeremy, 07/06/2008]

Grasshopper Chapel.

Grasshopper Chapel

Beautiful Setting. A chapel erected to remember when Minnesota was having a grasshopper plague. The Gov. issued a state wide Day of Prayer. A freak sleet storm came and killed all the grasshoppers and their eggs. At the top of a hill, surrounded by trees, you almost feel like you are in another world.

[sue, 02/16/2005]

Another world... a world denuded of grasshoppers!

Death to All Grasshoppers chapel

This is a beautiful and peaceful place, containing a small chapel, Ways of the Cross etc. It is up on a hill, very secluded -- you feel like you are in another world. Constructed as a thank you to God for sending a freezing rain to stop a massive grasshopper plague just as the hoppers were starting to hatch. Beautifully landscaped and maintained.

[Sue Monson, 10/05/2002]

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