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Move Has Been Postponed: Hwy 95, Hwy 36 close to relocate historic buildings in early November
Move makes way for St. Croix Crossing bridge
ST. PAUL, Minn.—Motorists will experience closures on Hwy 95 and Hwy 36 overnight in early November, while crews move the Bergstein Shoddy Mill and Warehouse from Oak Park Heights to Stillwater.
The move is scheduled to occur between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., weather permitting, and is necessary to make way for the new St. Croix Crossing bridge.
During the move, Hwy 95 will close between Point Road and the south end of Main Street in Stillwater, and Hwy 36 will close between Beach Road and Hwy 95. Motorists should follow detour signs.
The Shoddy Mill and Warehouse are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The two buildings will be permanently located across from the River Oasis Cafe on the St. Croix riverbank as part of the proposed loop trail in Stillwater.
The buildings were constructed in 1890 and owned by Moritz and Bertha (Gardner) Bergstein. Inside these buildings, workers made shoddy, a woolen yarn made from used clothing. The shoddy was then shipped by rail from Stillwater to Minneapolis and made into mattresses at a factory owned by Moritz’s brother, Ignatz.
Two buildings remain from the Bergstein enterprise—a small stone building that contained the mill machine that made the shoddy and a large wood-frame warehouse that stored fabric.
The city of Stillwater will own and determine the future purpose of the buildings.