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I was in Red Wing yesterday. I had a chance to get some shots of downtown and the riverfront. It is a town of about 16,000 about an hour and a half southeast of Minneapolis along the Mississippi. It was an important place in the early days of settlement of the region but never grew into a large city due to being bypassed by the early railroads.

Red Wing is in the northern part of the Driftless Area, coloquially known as Mississippi Bluff Country. The Driftless Area is a region about the size of Belgium that was missed by the glaciers. It has much more rugged topography than the rest of the midwest.

Downtown Red Wing is dominated by Barn Bluff:



















This is the headquarters of the Red Wing Shoe Company:

































Red Wing is the county seat of Goodhue County:



















The town has a good harbor on a backwater of the river:













This is my favorite shot:



Some bluffs outside of town:



 

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Nice pics dude. Might be driving through that area come August. I used to live south of there in Winona, well Goodview but Goodview is basically Winona to me.
 

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Awesome pics; it seems like so many areas of the upper midwest have roads that are very pale grey colored while in the northeast and south they appear more dark. Does anybody know what I'm talking about?
 

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Great photos there, Somnifor! Red Wing is a true gem with fantastically preserved older architecture and with an authentic American feel that most bigger and more successful Midwestern cities have forever lost due to commercialization.
 

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There was some sort of fair there on Sunday. Roads blocked off and lots of people walking about in the middle of the street. Interesting enough is that though Red Wing may be the county seat of Goodhue County the county's fair is held in Zumbrota (where I'm from) and also on Sunday it was having Covered Bridge Days in celebration of the only remaining original covered bridge in Minnesota.
 

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Awesome pics; it seems like so many areas of the upper midwest have roads that are very pale grey colored while in the northeast and south they appear more dark. Does anybody know what I'm talking about?
The only thing I can think of is that more roads in the colder northern states tend to be made of concrete, which is less resistant to potholes and the other effects of winter.
 

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Awesome pics; it seems like so many areas of the upper midwest have roads that are very pale grey colored while in the northeast and south they appear more dark. Does anybody know what I'm talking about?
For asphalt pavements, there are 2 reasons. First being the rocks used in the aggregate, Its color does affect the look and a lighter-colord rock will cause this. For instance, some roads near Baraboo, WI appear red due to the rock in that area.

Second, road salt can cause the asphalt to fade in color a lot faster.
 

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yep roads in regions can vary in color. In East Kentucky some of the roads look reddish and the same for SW Virginia.
 
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