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 8

July 27 - 31

Picnic bench supports. The blue tape identifies the stone location to be replicated when built.

Picnic bench supports. The blue tape identifies the stone location to be replicated when built. (Click to enlarge.)

Work continues to remove concrete from historic stone at North Overlook.

Work continues to remove concrete from historic stone at North Overlook. (Click to enlarge.)

Cleared outcropping. This is the start of the south wall rebuilding.

Cleared outcropping. This is the start of the south wall rebuilding. (Click to enlarge.)

Week 9

August 3 -7

The southwest wall is laid up, waiting for capstone and mortar.

The southwest wall is laid up, waiting for capstone and mortar. (Click to enlarge.)

Hand tooling occurs on the rock face.

Hand tooling occurs on the rock face. (Click to enlarge.)

This North Overlook retaining wall excavation is ready for concrete pour.

This North Overlook retaining wall excavation is ready for concrete pour. (Click to enlarge.)

Footing pour, North Overlook.

Footing pour, North Overlook. (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.