How We Got Our Name


The Red Jacket Company is named after the Red Jacket Trestle, depicted above and below, which is located just south of Mankato, Minnesota in the lovely Le Sueur River Valley.

This historic railroad trestle is the focal point of The Red Jacket Trail, which crosses the Le Sueur River and connects Mankato with the small town of Rapidan about six miles away.

The trail winds through lush river bottom and ravines, and past important southern Minnesota landmarks, including the site of Fort Le Hillier, one of the first French outposts in this part of North America.

More information on the Red Jacket Valley can be found in Julie Schrader's excellent book, History of the Red Jacket Valley.