City of Peterson
"A Hidden Treasure Nestled In The Bluffs Of Southeast Minnesota"
The Meandering Root River
For as long as humans have been in southeastern Minnesota, the Root River has provided transportation, food, recreation, and natural beauty. The main channel of the river runs through Peterson, and modern-day visitors continue to reap its benefits while enjoying the quiet charm of a small town founded as a railroad village in 1867. To gain a sense of the timeless of this relationship between people and the river, journey back over 100 years by visiting the Peterson Station Museum, a restored railroad depot that contains historical collections from the area. From Peterson’s canoe access, considers a peaceful paddle down the river, which was used for travel before the arrival of the railroads.