Come explore Minnesota first official historic site! During the early 1800s Mendota was a major center of the region's bustling fur trade. Some of Minnesota's oldest buildings are still standing at the site, including the restored home of Henry Hastings Sibley, successful fur trader and first governor of Minnesota. Today, the restored buildings help tell the history of the region's fur trade, Sibley's involvement in Minnesota business and politics (Sibley's first governor's office is located here), as well as his role in the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.
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