CANNON FALLS, Minn. (KTTC) -- We begin our tour with a river because this is how the town began. French fur traders called the rushing stream "River of Canoes." But to local ears, the French word for canoe sounded more like cannon, hence the Cannon River.
Today, the 19.7 mile Cannon Valley trail runs right alongside it. We're visiting on a cool, quiet morning, but 100,000 people are drawn to the trail each year. Train Manager Scott Roepke says, "It's the beauty of the bluffs and the valley and the Cannon River. The beauty also includes all the wildlife and wildflowers you will see."
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