Red Wing is a city in Goodhue County, Minnesota, United States, on the Mississippi River. The population was 16,459 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Goodhue County. Red Wing is home of Red Wing Shoes, Riedell Ice and Roller Skates and Red Wing Stoneware. The Cannon Valley Trail has its eastern terminus in Red Wing. Treasure Island Resort & Casino is on the nearby Prairie Island Indian Reservation. The National Trust for Historic Preservation placed Red Wing on its 2008 distinctive destinations list, which adds twelve communities annually nationwide. Red Wing was added for its "impressive architecture and enviable natural environment." Red Wing is connected to Wisconsin by Red Wing Bridge (officially named the Eisenhower Bridge); it carries U.S. Route 63 over the Mississippi River and its backwaters. This city was named after the Sioux chief, Red Wing. He was one of a succession of Mdewakanton Dakota chiefs whose name "Red Wing" came from their use of a dyed swan's wing as their symbol of rank. His Sioux name was Hupahuduta ("Wing of the Wild Swan Dyed Red"). He was an ally of British soldiers during the War of 1812, but after a vision where he saw the Americans driving out the British, he took a stance of neutrality. He later was known as L'Aile Rouge, by the French Canadians, and later still took the name Shakea, or "The Man Who Paints Himself Red" after passing the name Red Wing on to a successor. During his lifetime, there were few pioneers, and Red Wing was known as a firm friend of the United States, keeping peace with the settlers and trading for goods that were valued by his tribe. Wikipedia
Red Wing tourism proves that this is one place just right for family vacations. The slow-paced city in Minnesota’s Goodhue County, maybe popular for its “Red Wing Shoes, Riedell Ice and Roller Skates, and Red Wing Stoneware” but hold on till you actually get exploring this city full of delightful surprises. First and foremost, you’ve got to visit Red Wing Shoe Store & Museum to see what the buzz is about. A specialty museum, you get to see the production of footwear here and can even buy it! The Barn Bluff is a fabulous outdoor place, especially resorted to for hiking. The Lake Pepin with its activities like boating, makes for a wonderful place to spend the day at. Must-see museums in Red Wing, apart from the Red Wing Shoe Store & Museum include Pottery Museum of Red Wing, Aliveo Military Museum and The American Ski Jumping Museum and Hall of Fame. Must-visit outdoors include Colvill Park, Sorin's Bluff, and the Falconer Vineyards.
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