Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Lodge Boleslav Jablonsky No. 219 (NRHP)

Poplar Grove, Roseau County

Also known as Western Fraternal Lodge No. 219, this 1916 clubhouse of a Czech American fraternal organization, is representative of ethnic history in the last part of Minnesota to be settled by Euro-Americans.
Frame lodge hall built in 1916 by members of Czech freethinkers' fraternal organization to serve community's cultural and social needs.
- Minnesota Historical Society, http://www.mnhs.org/preserve/nrhp/NRDetails.cfm-NPSNum=02000936.html

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The Lodge Boleslav Jablonsky hall is a 27 by 44 foot single story structure on a one-acre parcel located at the southwest corner of Poplar Grove Township 10 miles east of Strathcona in Roseau County, Minnesota. 
-  United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places, Registration Form, July 23, 2002.

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This site was added to the National Register on  September 06, 2002.



Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church (NRHP)

Northeastern Kittson County, Caribou hamlet. 

Northwestern Minnesota is a land of contrasts; huge agriculture enterprises and remote, near wilderness areas, In the remote northeast of Kittson County you can see both. And you will see this Ukrainian Orthodox Church at Caribou. The church sits along the Roseau River which flows from the Beltrami Island region into Canada. The international border is a mile to the north. 

The church is a "Small frame church with onion domes built in 1905 by community of Ukrainian immigrants."
Minnesota Historical Society, http://www.mnhs.org/preserve/nrhp/NRDetails.cfm-NPSNum=84001480.html
The cemetery has interments dating to the early 1900s. Markers are in Ukrainian. The church was listed on the National Register on March 8, 1984.


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St. Nicholas Orthodox Church is located in a rural setting in the hamlet of Caribou in the remote northeastern corner of Kittson County. The small frame structure consists of a rectangular plan sanctuary, a central entrance tower, and a small rectangular apse. 
Copper-colored onion domes project from the ridge line of the sanctuary and the apse. Both domes, as well as the tower, have Greek crosses formed of bent metal rod.
- United States Department of Interior, National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places received Inventory—Nomination Form, January 24, 1984

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Caribou township, organized January 8, 1908, had a few reindeer, of geographic limitation in the wooded and partly swampy region of northern Minnesota and Canada, named Rangifer caribou. The second word of the name is of Algonquin Indian origin, meaning a pawer or scratcher, in allusion to the habit of this animal in winter, pawing in the snow to eat the reindeer moss beneath. Collections by Minnesota Historical Society, Published (1872-1920)

Friday, July 31, 2015

Clifton-French River Historical Marker

This roadside feature is located at a small rest stop on the Expressway between Duluth and Two Harbors. It is a simple historical marker built 1959-1960 by the Youth Conservation Commission (YCC) in cooperation with the Minnesota Highway Department.





Text of Plaque on Marker -  
"Clifton, first townsite surveyed in the United States section of the North Shore, was platted west of the mouth of the French River in 1855. The river was known to early explorers as Riviere de Francais. Rumors of nearby copper deposits resulted in widespread prospecting and townsite planning in the 1850s. Like many of the projected towns, Clifton never developed. From 1864 to 1866, the French River Mining Company and the North Shore Mining Company dug several exploratory shafts, but failed to locate profitable copper deposits. Extensive lumbering operations were carried on here in the 1880s. Erected by the St. Louis County Historical Society in cooperation with the Minnesota Highway Department - 1959." 
[Seals of the Minnesota Department of Highways and the Minnesota Historical Society]



Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Minnesota and International Railway Trestle at Blackduck (NRHP)


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This trestle is located in Blackduck 0.25 miles north of the junction of CSAH 39 and the abandoned M & I line. The site was listed 2/5/2014. (http://nrhp.mnhs.org/NRDetails.cfm?NPSNum=13001144  OR  http://www.nps.gov/nR/feature/places/13001144.htm)

Unfortunately, the trestle has been seriously damaged by fire:

From the Bemidji Pioneer - Historic Blackduck bridge set ablaze by arsonist, authorities say - April 13, 2015

http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/news/region/3721278-update-historic-blackduck-bridge-set-ablaze-arsonist-authorities-say

(Maggi Stivers | Bemidji Pioneer)


The Minnesota and International ran between Bemidji and International Falls with a spur to Kelliher. The Paul Bunyan and Blue Ox recreational trails now make use of the abandoned grade.

M & I in Beltrami County