City of La Crescent
"Apple Capital of Minnesota"
Birthplace of Minnesota Apples
In the mid-1800s, Minnesota was no place to grow an apple. It was just too cold. Until, John S. Harris developed a strain of apple trees that could sustain the harsh winters. His pioneering efforts brought native apples to Minnesota and helped to make La Crescent the “Apple Capital of Minnesota.” The City celebrates its heritage with Applefest every year during the apple harvest – the third weekend in September.
In addition to being the eastern jumping-off point for Historic Bluff Country National Scenic Byway, La Crescent is also the crossroads for two other byways: Great River Road: Minnesota – Mississippi Bluffs and Apple Blossom Drive Scenic Byway.