Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Razed and disused - Spang Spring Roadside Parking Area - Grand Rapids Spring

Hwy 169
South of Grand Rapids, MN

Progress occurs at a cost. Spang Spring Roadside Parking Area was built along the west side of US Highway 169 in 1935 by the Minnesota Highway Department. The site included a stone spring enclosure, granite retaining wall, and pull-off area.

By 1997 when an inventory1 by Mn DOT was conducted, the site was described as:
"...overgrown with weeds and vegetation. Most of the spring enclosure has deteriorated and fallen into ruin. The retaining wall is in similar condition. The remaining concrete curbing is in poor condition and overgrown with weeds. The entire area is swampy, with stagnant water standing in pools around the site. It appears that the spring continues to flow, or at least ground water is seeping out at some point near the spring enclosure."

1947 aerial view
MHAPO. (n.d.). Retrieved February 18, 2014, from https://www.lib.umn.edu/apps/mhapo/
1989 aerial view of site
MHAPO. (n.d.). Retrieved February 18, 2014, from https://www.lib.umn.edu/apps/mhapo/
When the Supplement to Historic Roadside Development Structures on Minnesota Trunk Highways was issued in 2005 the site was listed as razed. Mn DOT had widened US Highway 169 to a 4-lane highway past the site.


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Contemporary aerial of Spang Spring site


1 Susan Granger, Scott Kelly, and Kay Grossman. (1998, December). Historic Roadside Development Structures on Minnesota Trunk Highways. Minnesota Department of Transportation.