Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

A royal treasure in Royalton September 8, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Audrey Kletscher Helbling @ 8:13 AM
Treasure City stops traffic along U.S. Highway 10.

Treasure City stops traffic along U.S. Highway 10.

Alligator headsConsider for a moment every souvenir shop, Dollar Store, Ben Franklin and Woolworth’s store you’ve ever shopped in your life.

Then think way beyond that, and you have Treasure City in Royalton.

Earlier this summer I briefly toured this kitschy place along U.S. Highway 10 between St. Cloud and Little Falls that advertises “Gifts, souvenirs, jewelry and snacks. Something for everyone.”

Unfortunately, I arrived only 10 minutes before closing, which left me with little time to explore a store that would take hours and hours of meandering down narrow aisles to truly see every treasure stashed here.

But I saw enough to know that any kid would love this place. Perhaps that’s why it’s become so popular with northbound vacationers. I can almost hear Mom promise: “We’ll stop at Treasure City if you kids stop fighting.”

Or the kids whine: “Mom, Dad, can we stop at Treasure City? Can we? Can we?”

Yup, it’s that kind of place, the perfect pit stop on the way to the lake cabin, the perfect way to keep kids, and parents, happy.

But I have one question: Are those $12.99 alligator heads really “Genuine American Alligator Products” from New Orleans, La., as the price tags say?

Merchandise crams nearly every inch of space in Treasure City. Click on the photo to enlarge it for a better view of the endless treasures.

Merchandise crams nearly every inch of space in Treasure City. Click on the photo to enlarge it for a better view of the endless treasures.

Keep the little princess happy with a pastel cowgirl hat.

Keep the little princess happy with a pastel cowgirl hat.

And for the bug lovers, there are plenty of creepy crawlies.

For the bug lovers, there are plenty of creepy crawlies.

Unique decor for a signature style.

Unique decor for a signature style.

All the pretty little ponies, just waiting for a new home.

All the pretty little ponies, just waiting for a new home.

The north end of Treasure City, next to the parking lot.

The north end of Treasure City, next to the parking lot.

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