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Inspiration Point construction in pictures

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Week 6

June 13-17

Hand demolition of the north retaining wall/parking area.  Found to be built with concrete rather than mortar.  Very difficult!

Hand demolition of the north retaining wall/parking area. Found to be built with concrete rather than mortar. Very difficult! (Click to enlarge.)

Help from the machines, north retaining wall demo.

Help from the machines, north retaining wall demo. (Click to enlarge.)

Finished mortar of wall top course and curing, East Overlook.

Finished mortar of wall top course and curing, East Overlook. (Click to enlarge.)

Week 7

July 20-24

Finished wall and pier, East Overlook.

Finished wall and pier, East Overlook. (Click to enlarge.)

Further demolition of the North Overlook/parking area wall.

Further demolition of the North Overlook/parking area wall. (Click to enlarge.)

Further demolition of the North Overlook/parking area wall.

Further demolition of the North Overlook/parking area wall. (Click to enlarge.)

Further demolition of the North Overlook/parking area wall.

Further demolition of the North Overlook/parking area wall. (Click to enlarge.)

Excavation for accessible picnic table pad and walk.

Excavation for accessible picnic table pad and walk. (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.