Historic Trail: 1862 US-Dakota War
A great opportunity to learn about the war and earn Scouting advancements
Where is the 1862 US-Dakota War Trail located?
The trail includes visits to important sites in, and around, Morton and
Fairfax Minnesota associated with the war. You'll also see the State Historical Society
Museum and the site at the Lower Sioux Agency where the first
significant fighting took place. Other stops include the Birth Coulee Battlefield
North of Morton, the Morton Monument Hill, and the Historic Fort
Ridgely near Fairfax. Directions are located on the Trail questionnaire.
What Scouting advancements are met?
Some Indian Lore Merit Badge requirements can be completed if Scouts take
time in the Lower Sioux Agency Museum to learn about Dakota culture and
governance. The entire trail in the Morton area exceeds 10 miles and
counts as a 10 mile hike for the Hiking Merit Badge. Driving is
allowed for purposes of earning the Trail patch, but not the Hiking
How can I purchase the patches?
Yes, you can earn a patch by hiking this trail, and completing a
questionnaire. Mail a completed questionnaire with your answers on
behalf of the entire unit, along with the number of patches you wish to
1208 Summit Oaks Drive
Burnsville, MN 55337
Cost: $2.50 per patch, plus $3.00 shipping for the entire order. Credit cards are not accepted.