Sunday, December 29, 2013

Gran Evangelical Lutheran Church (NRHP)

Gran Evangelical Lutheran Church was built in 1897. A log church, it was the first church in Clearwater County. Added to the National Register May 19. 1988. 1

Near junction of Clearwater County Road 45 and 20 in the Bagley vicinity.

1 Minnesota Historical Society

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Hewitt Roadside Parking Area

Hewitt, MN
US Highway 71 & MN Highway 210

The Hewitt Roadside Parking Area was designed by A. R. Nichols and built by the Minnesota Highway Department and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1936. The site includes a dam on the Wing River, a stone springhouse, and stone picnic tables. Additional features added later included a restroom building and a picnic shelter.

Wing River Dam

Stone Springhouse

One of three stone tables

Spring enclosure Hewitt Roadside Parking Area April 2003
Historic Roadside Development Structures on Minnesota Trunk Highways
Stone table Hewitt Roadside Parking Area April 2003
Historic Roadside Development Structures on Minnesota Trunk Highways

Picnic Shelter, ca 1978
Hewitt Lions Club

Restroom building, ca 1960

Parking area

The site is located in the southeast corner of the intersection of US Highway 71 and MN Highway 210 in Hewitt, MN.

The Hewitt Public School, built in 1911, is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Highway 210 between Hewitt and Staples crosses the Wadena Drumlins, a series of elongated hills which are positioned roughly on a north-south axis. Highway 210 runs perpendicular to the hills. The result is a "roller-coaster" ride. Fun for all.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Leaf City Historical Marker

East of Otter Tail
Minnesota Highway 108

Built in 1938 by the Otter Tail County Historical Society. The site has a boat landing and small gravel parking area. 

Marker text:
Leaf City
Trading post on the Red River Trail in 1857 and United States Post Office from 1857 to 1860. The settlement was broken up by the Sioux outbreak of 1862. Dedicated by the Otter Tail County Historical Society, June 26, 1938.

The present site marker was preceded by a 3' x 5' sign circa 1930 with the following text:
Leaf City
Already a trading post on the Red River trail in 1857, a colony from Cambridge, Massachusetts settled here in the spring of 1858, and a U.S. Post Office was maintained from December 2, 1857 to April 11, 1860. The community disappeared with the Sioux Outbreak of 1862, and Leaf City became one of Minnesota's many vanished towns. 
[Seals of Minnesota Historical Society and Minnesota Department of Highways]

Leaf City was a stop on the Red River Ox Cart Trail. A traveler in 1861 wrote upon arriving "we came to Leaf City (houses one, population one), slept within four walls, rested a day while the rain poured..." ¹

circa 1938, MnDOT
Minnesota Dept. of Transportation Historic Roadside Development Structures Inventory

¹ Marble, Manton. (1861, February). To the Red River and Beyond [Third Paper]. Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, 22(129), 306–323.