Friday, September 19, 2014

Kensington Runestone Replica R.P.A. / Runestone Park

County Road 82
Alexandria, MN

This roadside parking area is a bit unusual; it greets west bound traffic to Alexandria with a rune stone replica 5 times the size of the original, but there is no parking area. The site is best seen by taking city streets to the south side of the park.  This site was built in 1951 by the Minn Dept of Highways (MHD) and Cold Spring Granite Company.

The features include the rune stone replica granite marker, granite benches, flagpole, and mooring rock. The site is nicely planted with decorative plants.

'We are 3 Swedes and 22 Norwegians on an exploring journey from Vinland through the West. We had a camp by a lake with two rocky islands one day's trip north from this stone. We were out and fished one day; after we came home we found 11 of our men red with blood and dead. Ave Maria. Save us from evil.' On side of stone: 'We have ten of our party by the sea and two look after our ships fourteen days trip from this island. Year 1362.'"

The Runestone Museum