Sinclair Lewis

Sauk Centre (“Gopher Prarie”) and a composite of Midwestern towns (“Zenith”), MINNESOTA

  • Photo of Sinclair Lewis' boyhood home.
    The house where Sinclair Lewis grew up. It bears a striking resemblance to “Doc” Will Kennicott’s house. — Sauk Centre, Minnesota
  • Photo of one of 17 detailed maps Sinclair Lewis drew of Zenith and its environs.
    One of 17 detailed maps Sinclair Lewis drew of Zenith and its environs. Others include the surrounding towns, Babbitt’s office, his neighborhood, his house in Floral Heights. “Here is a cosmos, good and bad,” he wrote of Zenith, with “some reason to believe in its inherent greatness.”
  • Photo of Palmer House Hotel — Sauk Centre, Minnesota
    The Palmer House Hotel, where Sinclair Lewis once worked as a night clerk. He called it the “Minniemashie House” in Main Street. Some maintain the Palmer House Hotel is haunted—perhaps even by Lewis’s ghost. — Sauk Centre, Minnesota
  • Photo of Main Street water tower — Sauke Centre, Minnesota
    At peace with the idea: the residents of Sauk Centre were once outraged at being used as the model for Main Street. But this piece of gentle water tank boosterism suggests that public opinion has evolved. — Sauk Centre, Minnesota
  • Photo of Main Street Coffee Co.
    Businesses and institutions capitalizing on Main Street. — Sauk Centre, Minnesota
  • Photo of Main Street history marker — Sauk Centre, Minnesota
    Businesses and institutions capitalizing on Main Street. — Sauk Centre, Minnesota
  • Photo of Main Street Drug — Sauk Centre, Minnesota
    Businesses and institutions capitalizing on Main Street. — Sauk Centre, Minnesota
  • Photo of Main Street Theatre
    Businesses and institutions capitalizing on Main Street. — Sauk Centre, Minnesota
  • Photo of Main Street Theatre — Sauk Centre, Minnesota
    Businesses and institutions capitalizing on Main Street. — Sauk Centre, Minnesota

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Sinclair Lewis

(1885-1951)
Sauk Centre (“Gopher Prarie”) and a composite of Midwestern towns (“Zenith”), MINNESOTA
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Sauk Centre (“Gopher Prarie”) and a composite of Midwestern towns (“Zenith”), MINNESOTA

Sinclair Lewis Boyhood Home
810 Sinclair Lewis Ave
Sauk Centre, MN 56378
Phone: (320) 352-5359
Websitewww.saukcentre.govoffice2.com


Palmer House Hotel
500 Sinclair Lewis Avenue
Sauk Centre, MN 56378
Phone: 320-351-9100
Websitewww.thepalmerhousehotel.com

What to See / Where to Go

Sauk Centre Historical Society and Bryant Library
Sauk Centre Cemetery
Gopher Prairie Inn
Lake Wobegon Trail

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