National Register of Historic Places listings in Koochiching County, Minnesota

This is a list of the National Register of Historic Places listings in Koochiching County, Minnesota. It is intended to be a complete list of the properties and districts on the National Register of Historic Places in Koochiching County, Minnesota, United States. The locations of National Register properties and districts for which the latitude and longitude coordinates are included below, may be seen in an online map.

Location of Koochiching County in Minnesota

There are 14 properties and districts listed on the National Register in the county, including one National Historic Landmark. A supplementary list includes one additional site that was formerly listed on the National Register.


          This National Park Service list is complete through NPS recent listings posted May 20, 2022.[1]

Current listingsEdit

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[2] Name on the Register[3] Image Date listed[4] Location City or town Description
1 Alexander Baker School and E.W. Backus Junior High School May 26, 2004
(#04000538)
900 5th St.
48°36′04″N 93°24′49″W / 48.601133°N 93.413604°W / 48.601133; -93.413604 (Alexander Baker School and E.W. Backus Junior High School)
International Falls Adjoining schools opened in 1914 and 1936, significant for their roles in local educational and social life, as examples of early-20th-century school architecture, and for the Backus school's status as Koochiching County's largest Public Works Administration project.[5]
2 Finstad's Auto Marine Shop January 27, 1983
(#83000906)
3475 Finstad Ln.
48°36′57″N 93°20′51″W / 48.615713°N 93.34752°W / 48.615713; -93.34752 (Finstad's Auto Marine Shop)
Ranier 1911 boat repair shop with its original belt-driven machinery; a well-preserved reminder of the early tourists and summer residents attracted to the Rainy Lake region.[6]
3 Gold Mine Sites May 6, 1977
(#77000155)
Around Rainy Lake in Voyageurs National Park
48°36′09″N 93°10′05″W / 48.6025°N 93.168056°W / 48.6025; -93.168056 (Gold Mine Sites)
Island View vicinity District of seven scattered mine shafts and test pits from an 1894 gold rush that brought industry and settlement to the area.[7]
4 Grand Mound June 23, 2011
(#11000565)
Address restricted
48°31′00″N 93°42′31″W / 48.516746°N 93.708551°W / 48.516746; -93.708551 (Grand Mound)
International Falls vicinity Giant burial mound built by the Laurel Complex around 200 BCE, the largest surviving prehistoric structure in the upper Midwest.[8]
5 Koochiching County Courthouse September 15, 1977
(#77000749)
4th St. and 7th Ave.
48°36′04″N 93°24′38″W / 48.60114°N 93.41045°W / 48.60114; -93.41045 (Koochiching County Courthouse)
International Falls Neoclassical/Renaissance Revival courthouse built 1909–10, significant for its public architecture, interior murals, and long service as county government seat.[9]
6 Laurel Mounds January 20, 1972
(#72000678)
Address restricted
48°31′00″N 93°42′28″W / 48.516746°N 93.707736°W / 48.516746; -93.707736 (Laurel Mounds)
International Falls vicinity Laurel Complex village site and the 45-foot (14 m) Grand Mound plus four smaller burial mounds.[10][11]
7 Little American Mine April 16, 1975
(#75000226)
Little American Island in Voyageurs National Park
48°36′09″N 93°10′05″W / 48.6025°N 93.168056°W / 48.6025; -93.168056 (Little American Mine)
Island View vicinity Remnants—consisting of mine shafts and scattered machinery—from Minnesota's only profitable gold mine, in operation 1893–1898, which prompted the gold rush that brought settlers to the Rainy Lake area.[12] Now developed with an interpretive trail.[13]
8 McKinstry Mounds and Village Site December 18, 1978
(#78001550)
Address restricted
48°31′25″N 93°35′09″W / 48.523508°N 93.585759°W / 48.523508; -93.585759 (McKinstry Mounds and Village Site)
Pelland Woodland period village site with two burial mounds.[11]
9 Nett Lake Petroglyphs Site December 30, 1974
(#74001029)
Address restricted[14]
Orr vicinity Native American petroglyphs on Spirit Island in Nett Lake.[10]
10 Ernest C. Oberholtzer Rainy Lake Islands Historic District June 16, 2000
(#00000570)
Mallard, Hawk, and Crow Islands in Rainy Lake
48°37′08″N 93°12′12″W / 48.618889°N 93.20325°W / 48.618889; -93.20325 (Ernest C. Oberholtzer Rainy Lake Islands Historic District)
Ranier vicinity Island-based residential complex of Ernest Oberholtzer (1884–1977), a national leader in conserving the Boundary Waters and other wilderness areas. Comprises 12 contributing properties built 1919–1944.[15]
11 Ranier Community Building May 29, 2018
(#100002502)
2099 Spruce St.
48°36′48″N 93°20′57″W / 48.613199°N 93.349099°W / 48.613199; -93.349099 (Ranier Community Building)
Ranier 1939 example of a multipurpose municipal building constructed in partnership with the Works Progress Administration, providing the city its longstanding hub of government and community events.[16]
12 Sts. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church January 27, 1983
(#83000908)
Minnesota Highway 65
47°54′23″N 93°10′00″W / 47.906425°N 93.166755°W / 47.906425; -93.166755 (Sts. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church)
Bramble vicinity Onion domed church built 1915–18, associated with the early settlement of southeastern Koochiching County by Russians and other European immigrants.[17]
13 Francis White Homestead January 27, 1983
(#83000909)
North of Littlefork off U.S. Route 71
48°25′35″N 93°34′06″W / 48.426492°N 93.568212°W / 48.426492; -93.568212 (Francis White Homestead)
Littlefork vicinity Large log cabin built circa 1901, representative of the relatively late efforts of Euro-Americans to homestead and farm Koochiching County. Also served as the Forsythe Post Office 1904–1922.[18]
14 Williams Township School May 29, 2018
(#100002503)
740 Cty Rd 89
48°42′15″N 94°24′28″W / 48.704169°N 94.407844°W / 48.704169; -94.407844 (Williams Township School)
Clementson vicinity One-room schoolhouse in operation 1909–1928, attesting to Koochiching County's efforts to bring a standard education to areas too sparsely populated to support independent school districts.[19]

Former listingsEdit

[2] Name on the Register Image Date listedDate removed Location City or town Description
1 Scenic Hotel January 27, 1983
(#83000907)
June 22, 1998 Main and 3rd Sts.
Northome 1921 hotel built to serve lumber workers and early tourists. Demolished by the county in 1996 after tax forfeiture and years of vacancy.[20]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior, "National Register of Historic Places: Weekly List Actions", retrieved May 20, 2022.
  2. ^ a b Numbers represent an alphabetical ordering by significant words. Various colorings, defined here, differentiate National Historic Landmarks and historic districts from other NRHP buildings, structures, sites or objects.
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 24, 2008.
  4. ^ The eight-digit number below each date is the number assigned to each location in the National Register Information System database, which can be viewed by clicking the number.
  5. ^ Hoisington, Daniel (2003-08-29). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Alexander Baker School and E.W. Backus Junior High School". National Park Service. Retrieved 2017-01-29. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ Gimmestad, Dennis (December 1982). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory—Nomination Form: Finsted's Auto Marine Shop". National Park Service. Retrieved 2017-01-29. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  7. ^ Nagle, Liza; John J. Hackett (1976-09-13). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Gold Mine Sites". National Park Service. Retrieved 2013-03-16. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  8. ^ Robertson, Tom (2007-02-20). "Minnesota Historical Society closes Grand Mound". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved 2013-01-02.
  9. ^ Skrief, Charles (1976-11-09). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory -- Nomination Form: Koochiching County Courthouse". National Park Service. Retrieved 2017-01-29. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  10. ^ a b Nord, Mary Ann (2003). The National Register of Historic Places in Minnesota. Minnesota Historical Society. ISBN 0-87351-448-3.
  11. ^ a b Anfinson, Scott (2009). "Finding Minnesota: A Geographic Guide to Minnesota Archaeology" (PDF). Minnesota Office of the State Archaeologist. Retrieved 2012-12-18. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  12. ^ George, Douglas (1974-12-18). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory – Nomination Form: Little American Mine". National Park Service. Retrieved 2017-01-29. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  13. ^ National Park Service (2005). "Rainy Lake Gold Rush" (PDF). Lake States Interpretive Association. Retrieved 2013-01-02. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  14. ^ Federal and state laws and practices restrict general public access to information regarding the specific location of this resource. In some cases, this is to protect archeological sites from vandalism, while in other cases it is restricted at the request of the owner. See: Knoerl, John; Miller, Diane; Shrimpton, Rebecca H. (1990), Guidelines for Restricting Information about Historic and Prehistoric Resources, National Register Bulletin, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, OCLC 20706997.
  15. ^ Anderson, Rolf T. (1999-01-12). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Oberholzer, Ernest C., Rainy Lake Islands Historic District". National Park Service. Retrieved 2017-01-22. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  16. ^ Gaut, Greg (2017-12-14). National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Ranier Community Building. National Park Service.
  17. ^ Gimmestad, Dennis A. (1982-11-16). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory—Nomination Form: St. Peter and St. Paul Russian Orthodox Church". National Park Service. Retrieved 2017-01-16. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  18. ^ Gimmestad, Dennis A. (1982-11-16). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory—Nomination Form: White, Francis, Homestead (Forsythe Post Office)". National Park Service. Retrieved 2017-01-16. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  19. ^ Gaut, Greg (2017-10-06). National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Williams Township School. National Park Service.
  20. ^ El-Hai, Jack (2000). Lost Minnesota: Stories of Vanished Places. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. p. 124. ISBN 0816635153.

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