The village of Vilppula was the site of significant clashes during the Finnish Civil War of 1918. Right from the start of the war, Vilppula was a focal point of events for two months. The northern side of Vilppulankoski was controlled by the Whites and the southern side of the rapids was controlled by the Reds. Today, there are memorials for both sides in the area. The sites and stories from 1918 have been compiled to create a history trail.
The Vilppula History Route consists of 14 locations. Most of them are related to the events of the Finnish Civil War of 1918. In addition to the Vilppula railway station, the Vilppula History Route includes signboards in Koivuniemi, Vilppulankoski, the 1918 memorials, the harbour, Vilppula Church, Vilppula museum hill, Kolho and Pohjaslahti.
Information on the sites of the Vilppula History Route is available on the website of the City of Mänttä-Vilppula.