Quirky Rock Museum in North Dakota Leaves No Stone Unturned

You don’t have to be a rock hound to “dig” the Paul Broste Rock Museum in tiny Parshall, North Dakota.

Paul Broste Rock Museum PhotoAs you stroll through the museum, you’ll become totally fascinated with its amazing rock collection inside-nearly 700 in all. Many of the rocks came from the surrounding area, but others originated in countries all over the world.

One in particular-a large fluorite crystal-is considered priceless. Many of the rocks are so rare they’re only found at larger, more famous museums.

Paul Broste, a local farmer, began collecting the rocks during the 1920s. He cut, ground and polished the rocks, hoping one day to house them in a museum.

With help from the community, he constructed a building using native granite (shown here) and opened the museum in 1966. Paul called it his “Acropolis on a Hill.”

Parshall is on State Highway 37 in northwestern North Dakota, about 60 miles southwest of Minot and roughly 2 miles south of State Highway 23.

The Broste Rock Museum is located at 508 N. Main St. and is wheelchair accessible. Call 701-862-3264 for more information.

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