Minnesota Treasures: Stories Behind the State's Historic Places

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Why should we save the historic buildings in our cities and towns? What makes a building a historic landmark? What can we uncover of Minnesota's history by studying its historic structures? What do buildings and sites tell us about time and place, experience and memory, people and their needs? Historian Denis P. Gardner beckons us to learn about the profound value of historic buildings and places in this engaging collection of essays. His stories, accompanied by gorgeous color photographs, tell the very human ...

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Overview

Why should we save the historic buildings in our cities and towns? What makes a building a historic landmark? What can we uncover of Minnesota's history by studying its historic structures? What do buildings and sites tell us about time and place, experience and memory, people and their needs? Historian Denis P. Gardner beckons us to learn about the profound value of historic buildings and places in this engaging collection of essays. His stories, accompanied by gorgeous color photographs, tell the very human side of our state?s history by showcasing some of the state's gathering places, houses, commercial hubs, industrial and agricultural properties, and Native American sites that hold our collective history. Read about Guri Endreson, a Norwegian immigrant widow who defiantly returned to the family?s small log cabin near Willmar after her husband and son were killed in the U.S.-Dakota War--and see the evocative photograph of the log structure as it stands today. Or hear of the second-most famous aviator in Minnesota history, Bernard H. Pietenpol, who built airplanes in his garage/workshop in the heart of Cherry Grove, and see one of his prototype airplanes preserved for display. Learn of the wood-framed Classical Hennepin County house of one of Minnesota's most prominent African Americans, Lena Olive Smith, and hear how Smith, the first African American women licensed to practice law in Minnesota, was a tireless crusader for equal rights. As Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, writes in the foreword to Minnesota Treasures: These places help us understand who we are . . . they constitute a unique family portrait of us. And what a colorful, complex, endlessly fascinating portrait it is. In their remarkable variety, the places in Minnesota Treasures may at first glance appear to be a random collection of unrelated artifacts--but in fact they share one very important trait in common: They are all worth saving. Just as we learn about our fathers and mothers--who they were, what they believed, how they lived--from the buildings they left for us, our children will learn about us in the same way.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873514712
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
  • Publication date: 4/13/2004
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 1,408,205
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Denis P. Gardner is a historian, writer, and photographer who has documented properties for the National Register of Historic Places and the Historic American Engineering Record. He contributes to the feature "LandMarks" in Minnesota History magazine.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xv
Introduction xxi
1 Native Americans 3
Jeffers Petroglyphs Site 5
Little Rapids (Inyan Ceyaka Otonwe) 9
Birch Coulee School 13
Battle Point (Sugar Point) 16
2 Before the Railroad 21
Guri and Lars Endreson House 23
St. Cloud & Red River Valley Stage Road: Kandota Section 26
Jefferson Grain Warehouse 28
Good Templars Hall 31
Lanesboro Stone Dam 34
Orville P. & Sarah Chubb House 37
Hastings Foundry 40
3 Railroads & Agriculture 43
Northern Pacific Railway Shops 47
Viola Cooperative Creamery 50
Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault St. Marie Depot (Soo Line Depot) 54
John Bosch Farmstead 57
Steamboat Bridge 61
Nansen Agricultural District 64
Soo Line High Bridge 67
4 Industry & Technology 71
Pine Tree Lumber Company Office Building 74
Peavey-Haglin Experimental Concrete Grain Elevator 77
Seventh Street Improvement Arches 81
Hill Annex Mine 84
Schech's Mill 87
Goodsell Observatory 91
Universal Laboratories Building 95
Bernard H. Pietenpol Workshop & Garage 98
Hibbing Disposal Plant 101
5 Maritime Minnesota 105
Aerial Lift Bridge 107
Madeira Shipwreck 111
Two Harbors Light Station 113
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Duluth Vessel Yard 116
Tugboat Edna G. 120
Jim Scott Fish House 123
Onoko Shipwreck 126
6 Commercial History 129
The Big Store (O. G. Anderson & Company Store) 131
J. A. Johnson Blacksmith Shop 136
First National Bank 139
Barnard Mortuary 141
Nelson & Albin Cooperative Mercantile Association Store 144
Original Main Street 147
7 Public History 151
Howard Lake City Hall 154
Louisburg School 157
Fergus Falls State Hospital Complex 160
Pipestone Water Tower 165
New Ulm Post Office 168
Firemen's Hall 171
Rock County Courthouse & Jail 174
Norris Camp 176
Montevideo Carnegie Library 180
Minnesota State Reformatory for Men 183
8 Yesterday's House 187
Rensselaer D. Hubbard House 190
Hannah C. & Peter E. Thompson House 193
Casiville Bullard House 196
Paul Watkins House 199
Merton S. Goodnow House 202
Muret N. Leland House 206
Lena O. Smith House 209
Hinckley Fire Relief House 212
Lorenz & Lugerde Ginthner House 216
9 Gathering Places 219
Church of St. Boniface (Church of St. Mary) 221
Odeon Theater 225
Lodge Boleslav Jablonsky No. 219 228
Grand Army of the Republic Hall 231
North East Neighborhood House 235
Gran Evangelical Lutheran Church 240
Deerwood Auditorium 242
Mahnomen County Fairgrounds 245
10 Tourism & Roadside Architecture 249
Frontenac 252
Lake Bronson State Park 255
Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox 259
Cascade River Wayside 262
Naniboujou Club 266
Graystone Hotel 269
Jun Fujita Cabin 273
White Castle Building No. 8 276
Notes 280
Index 290
Photo Credits 296
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