Curiosity: Echo Ring

I am a curious person.  Are you?

Today I want to show you an interesting structure has been in this park as long as I can remember.


The Echo Ring in Deane Park located near Park Rapids, Minnesota.

It is built totally out of rocks/stones.


It is falling into disrepair.  Many of the stones are loose.

What was it’s purpose?  Are you supposed to stand in the center and holler something..or are you suppose to stand at the edge and holler toward the center?  What are the rules to follow?


August 06, 2008  I took a photo of the Grand boys..they almost look the same height..because I told them where to stand on the rock columns of the ring.  It makes for a great optical illusion. It makes Adam look taller than Noah. We were in the park that day searching for a Geo Cache. Everyone else was wandering around in the poison ivy.

When I took this photo I had no idea it was an Echo Ring.  The next summer my curiosity was stirred up by a mention of what the repair costs would be for the Echo was only then that I put 2 and 2 together…and figured out what was being talked about.  ( I do not remember what the dollar amount was exactly..but it was an obnoxiously huge sum.)

Have you ever seen an Echo Ring/Echo Circle before?  If so where?  Please share!

It was only –18F last is warming up!  For those of you that thought it was actually 50 degrees in our house..that is right next to the window.. that sensor in order to read the  sender that is on the garage must have a clear path to pick up the frequency..hence it’s placement in the kitchen window.  Elsewhere in the house it is a balmy 74 degrees, sometimes warmer than that, with outdoor wood heat we can keep the house very comfortable:)

Update: This is not an Echo Ring is a bandstand.  If you go up those far steps in the last photo you will run right into the real echo ring.  I thought that ring was just a campfire ring because it had the remnants of a campfire in the center.  Next spring I will go back and take another photo.  I apologize for any confusion that this has caused.

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2 Responses to Curiosity: Echo Ring

  1. Ann says:

    I remember this ring but did not know what it was for. I’ve never heard of an echo ring. So it’s all news to me.

  2. it does look like a bandstand…might have had a roof over it once. Seems like every small town had a band stand….and a town band to play once a week on the night the stores stayed open or for the 4th of July and other summer holidays.
    Too bad those traditions have disappeared in our too busy world of organized things like recreation, sports, et al. I remember a church choir singing from an old rickety bandstand in the park when I was only 11 or 12 years old. It was a special farewell to a retired pastor who had been at the Lutheran Church for FIFTY-FOUR years!!!

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