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)