Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Historic Roadside Properties

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Inspiration Point construction in pictures

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Week 10

August 10 - 14

Forms for concrete core progress on North Overlook.

Forms for concrete core progress on North Overlook. (Click to enlarge.)

Forms for concrete core progress on North Overlook.

Forms for concrete core progress on North Overlook. (Click to enlarge.)

Masonry connection to outcropping, south wall, east end.

Masonry connection to outcropping, south wall, east end. (Click to enlarge.)

Masonry connection to outcropping, south wall, east end.

Masonry connection to outcropping, south wall, east end. (Click to enlarge.)

At the east end of south wall, a hint at the view to come at East Overlook.

At the east end of south wall, a hint at the view to come at East Overlook. (Click to enlarge.)

Week 11

August 17 - 21

Restoration of original drainage far under south wall.

Restoration of original drainage far under south wall. (Click to enlarge.)

South wall, original wall and rebuild in progress.

South wall, original wall and rebuild in progress.(Click to enlarge.)

Conference following first concrete pour, North Overlook.

Conference following first concrete pour, North Overlook. (Click to enlarge.)

First pour, North Overlook complete.

First pour, North Overlook complete. (Click to enlarge.)

Identifying and protecting historic roadside properties

This historic Garrison Concourse was built in the 1930s during a severe drought. Today the water level of Lake Mille Lacs covers the bottom of the historic wall, increasing the risk of damage from waves and ice.
This historic Garrison Concourse was built in the 1930s during a severe drought. Today the water level of Lake Mille Lacs covers the bottom of the historic wall, increasing the risk of damage from waves and ice.

Did you know that out of approximately 110 MnDOT wayside properties and roadside development facilities, roughly half are listed (or are eligible to become listed) on the National Register of Historic Places — or are located within a National Register Historic District?

Prior to MnDOT's inventory of historic roadside properties, many historic sites were lost during road construction or simply from decay without any means to be identified, and therefore, protected.