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Quartzite Trail In The Midwest

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In the September/October issue of South Dakota Magazine, South Dakota Magazine Managing Editor John Andrews goes on a tour of the region's quartzite trail with Jim Kersten. Kersten has spent years creating a tourism trail that takes people to ten primary sites, nine secondary locations and over two dozen historical attractions in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa that feature quartzite naturally and architecturally. Outcroppings of ultra-hard, 1.6 billion-year-old Sioux quartzite protrude from grassy prairies and riverbanks over 6,000 square miles from the James River eastward into Minnesota and Iowa. For more information, visit the website: www.siouxquartzite.com.