I stopped at Alexandria for lunch around 12:00. About 10 miles out of Fergus Falls I stopped for a couple of minutes at a rest stop. I though the countryside so beautiful in that area that I just had to try to take a picture.
Fergus Falls is the county seat of Otter Tail County. Today I learned that the name Otter Tail came from the American Indians -- primarily Chippewa in this area -- who thought an island in the river looked liked an otter.
Fergus Falls, itself, was named by a Scottish trapper, Joe Whitford. He named the falls in the river after his employer, Fergus. Whitford was killed during the U.S. -Dakota war. His vacant land claim was purchased by George B. Wright, and that's how Fergus Falls really got started. Many dams were built on the river here to power mills for flour, wool, and lumber.
The walk went through a light industrial area and then the route turned to Veteran's Memorial Park and the River Trail.
On a quiet Sunday afternoon it was very quiet in the park -- just me and birds.
Then it was back to the River Trail.
After this it was just a short walk back to the car. A nice walk.