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
Hewitt

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.