Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Historic Roadside Properties

on Minnesota Highways

Inspiration Point construction in pictures

The wayside is now open to the public!

Substantial completion

Buckthorn removal and pruning

October 29, 2015
East Overlook. View of the Root River Valley, ca. 1936, following initial completion.

East Overlook. View of the Root River Valley, ca. 1936, following initial completion.(Click to enlarge.)

The views begin to emerge.

East Overlook, summer 2015. Vegetation is entirely blocking the view at the start of construction. (Click to enlarge.)

East Overlook. October, 2015. After buckthorn removal and pruning is complete, this is the restored view.

East Overlook. October, 2015. After buckthorn removal and pruning is complete, this is the restored view. (Click to enlarge.)

East Overlook panorama after buckthorn removal and pruning.

East Overlook panorama after buckthorn removal and pruning (Click to enlarge.)

East Overlook

Before and after rehabilitation

Before construction.

Before construction. (Click to enlarge.)

After construction.

After construction.(Click to enlarge.)

Before construction.

Before construction. (Click to enlarge.)

After construction.

After construction. (Click to enlarge.)

North Overlook

Before and after rehabilitation

North Overlook, ca. 1936

North Overlook, ca. 1936. (Click to enlarge.)

North Overlook before Rehabilitation (2013).

North Overlook before Rehabilitation (2013).(Click to enlarge.)

Detail deterioration, North Overlook (2013)

Detail deterioration, North Overlook (2013). (Click to enlarge.)

Substantial Completion, North Overlook (2015)

Substantial Completion, North Overlook (2015). (Click to enlarge.)

North Overlook West wall, 2013.

North Overlook West wall, 2013 (Click to enlarge.)

North Overlook West Wall Rehabilitated, 2015.

North Overlook West Wall Rehabilitated, 2015. (Click to enlarge.)

Spring 2016

We will be installing the fog seal on the drive and completing punch list items.

     

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.