Monday, July 21, 2014

Ironton City Hall (NRHP)

Ironton, MN



1917 brick and stucco city hall built to house a variety of municipal services. Added to the National Register June 14, 2002.



National Register Property Details : National Register of Historic Places : mnhs.org. (n.d.). Retrieved July 19, 2014, from http://nrhp.mnhs.org/NRDetails.cfm?NPSNum=02000637


Deerwood Auditorium / Elevated Metal Water Tank: Deerwood Tank (NRHP)

Deerwood, MN


Moderne-style, concrete-and-stone, multipurpose municipal building designed by Carl H. Buetow and built in 1935–37 under the SERA and the WPA. Added to the National Register 
November 29, 1995 .

Cylindrical tank on latticework tower, built 1914 during period of widespread public improvements in mining towns. Added to the National Register October 22, 1980.




National Register Property Details : National Register of Historic Places : mnhs.org. (n.d.). Retrieved July 19, 2014, from http://nrhp.mnhs.org/NRDetails.cfm?NPSNum=95001376

National Register Property Details : National Register of Historic Places : mnhs.org. (n.d.). Retrieved July 19, 2014, from http://nrhp.mnhs.org/NRDetails.cfm?NPSNum=80002029


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Cuyuna Iron Range Municipally Owned Elevated Metal Water Tanks: Trommald Tank (NRHP)

Trommald, MN

Elevated Metal Water Tank, Trommald
Added to the National Register October 22, 1980.



One of five water towers built 1912–1918 during the development of the Cuyuna Range. Cylindrical tank on latticework tower, built 1918 during period of widespread public improvements in mining towns.

One of three remaining of the original five.



National Register Property Details : National Register of Historic Places : mnhs.org. (n.d.). Retrieved July 19, 2014, from http://nrhp.mnhs.org/NRDetails.cfm?NPSNum=80002038


Minnesota and International Railroad Freight House and Shelter Shed (NRHP)

Lake Hubert, MN

Circa 1918 open-air passenger depot and freight house, added to the National Register May 27, 1980.





The Paul Bunyan State Trail runs behind the site.


National Register Property Details : National Register of Historic Places : mnhs.org. (n.d.). Retrieved July 19, 2014, from http://nrhp.mnhs.org/NRDetails.cfm?NPSNum=80002033

Monday, July 14, 2014

Fond du Lac Culvert (Bridge 5757) (Historic Roadside Structure and NRHP)

Mn Highway 23
Fond du Lac

Bridge 5757 carries Highway 23 over Mission Creek. The bridge was built by A. Bodin and Sons of Minneapolis in 1937 without federal relief money. The bridge, noted as a Historic Roadside Structure, is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places...
Two-span, multi-plate arch bridge with Gothic Revival fieldstone veneer, built in 1937 as part of highway beautification movement. (National Register Property Details : National Register of Historic Places : mnhs.org. (n.d.). Retrieved May 21, 2014, from http://nrhp.mnhs.org/NRDetails.cfm?NPSNum=98000720)



The rip rap along Mission Creek seen above was "crudely patched" with poured concrete at some point. 
(Susan Granger, Scott Kelly, and Kay Grossman. (1998, December). Historic Roadside Development Structures on Minnesota Trunk Highways. Minnesota Department of Transportation.)

The bridge is listed on the Mn/DOT Historic Bridge Inventory (http://www.dot.state.mn.us/historicbridges/pdf/historicbridgelist.pdf).


Portion of 1937 plan
(http://dotapp7.dot.state.mn.us/cyberdocs_guest/Libraries/Default_Library/Groups/GUESTS/frameset.asp?initpage=%2Fcyberdocs%5Fguest%2Floginandgoact%2Easp&initarg=loginmsg%7EYou)


Winnie Dam - Winnibigoshish Lake Dam (NRHP)

Winnie Dam is the third dam on the Mississippi River, the second Corps of Engineers Dam.

Reinforced-concrete dam built in 1900 by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as part of reservoir system to stabilize Mississippi River flow.¹
Winnie Dam spillway (south elevation).
The Mississippi River is flowing toward the camera.

Winnie Dam with Lake Winnibigoshish on right

The dam was added to the National Register May 11, 1982.


¹  National Register Property Details : National Register of Historic Places : mnhs.org. (n.d.). Retrieved June 21, 2014, from http://nrhp.mnhs.org/NRDetails.cfm?NPSNum=82B04629

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Ada Village Hall (NRHP)

Ada, MN


Combined city hall and fire hall designed by Omeyer and Thori in Classical Revival style, built of Ada brick in 1904.¹







¹   National Register Property Details : National Register of Historic Places : mnhs.org. (n.d.). Retrieved July 1, 2014, from http://nrhp.mnhs.org/NRDetails.cfm?NPSNum=98000154

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Brainerd and Northern Minnesota - Minnesota and International Railway Depot (NRHP)

Pine River, MN

1895 depot of the Brainerd and Northern Minnesota Railway, later the Minnesota and International Railway.¹







¹ National Register Property Details : National Register of Historic Places : mnhs.org. (n.d.). Retrieved July 12, 2014, from http://nrhp.mnhs.org/NRDetails.cfm?NPSNum=12000459

Monday, July 7, 2014

Craigie Flour Mill Historical Marker (Historic Roadside Structure and NRHP)

Minnesota Highway 78
Near Otter Tail Lake


This historical marker commemorates Craigie Flour Mill which was Otter Tail County's first flour mill. The mill was built by James Craigie who immigrated from Aberdeen, Scotland. He completed construction of the flour mill in 1870. See marker text below.

The site consists of a stone marker with stone benches on each side. A "tripartite stone pedestal" supports an iron water wheel (about 3' tall and 3' in diameter) and two millstones (about 3'4" in diameter and about 6" thick), all of which were salvaged from the Craigie (or Balmoral) Mill.¹ The marker was builty in 1940 by the National Youth Administration. Balmoral Creek runs nearby.

The marker was added to the National Register of Historic Places January 16, 2003.²




Iron water wheel and bronze plaque

Text of Metal Plaque on Stone Marker
"Craigie Flour Mill. Near this spot James Craigie of Aberdeen, Scotland, who came to Ottertail County about 1868 built the first grist mill in the county in 1870. The mill stones and wheel were imported from Scotland.
"Craigie and his wife were drowned in Ottertail Lake in 1872 and after long litigation the mill was torn down." [Seals of the Minnesota Historical Society and the Minnesota Department of Highways]
The tripartite stone pedestal and flanking millstones

This sign was added after the 1997 survey.

Otter Tail Lake is to the left


¹  Susan Granger, Scott Kelly, and Kay Grossman. (1998, December). Historic Roadside Development Structures on Minnesota Trunk Highways. Minnesota Department of Transportation.
 ² National Register Property Details : National Register of Historic Places : mnhs.org. (n.d.). Retrieved June 21, 2014, from http://nrhp.mnhs.org/NRDetails.cfm?NPSNum=02001704

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Zion Lutheran Church (NRHP)


County 3
Norman County, MN


Victorian Gothic frame church built in 1883 as religious and cultural center for Norwegian Lutheran community.¹





¹   National Register Property Details : National Register of Historic Places : mnhs.org. (n.d.). Retrieved July 1, 2014, from http://nrhp.mnhs.org/NRDetails.cfm?NPSNum=99001269

Church of St. Peter (Catholic) (NRHP)

Gentilly
Polk County

Gothic Revival brick church with central bell tower, built in 1914–15 to serve French-Canadian Catholic community; adjacent frame rectory (1902).¹





¹  National Register Property Details : National Register of Historic Places : mnhs.org. (n.d.). Retrieved July 1, 2014, from http://nrhp.mnhs.org/NRDetails.cfm?NPSNum=82002994

St. Peter and St. Paul Russian Orthodox Church (NRHP)

Mn. Highway 65, Unorganized Territory
Koochiching County

Update January 2015: This is also referred to as the Bramble church.




Frame church with double onion dome built in 1915-18 by Russian homesteaders¹, the Lucachick and Sorokie families.



The church is being restored and contributions can be sent to a descendant of the Lucachick family.







¹  National Register Property Details : National Register of Historic Places : mnhs.org. (n.d.). Retrieved June 27, 2014, from http://nrhp.mnhs.org/NRDetails.cfm?NPSNum=83000908