Thursday, July 10, 2008

Landmarks and History - District 6 Schoolhouse

New Sweden Township, MN

Located on Minnesota Highway 22 west of St. Peter, you will find this quaint one-room country schoolhouse that is still standing. It served the New Sweden Township District 6, which was founded in 1863. This schoolhouse was the third school building of the district, built in 1929. The school was closed in 1958 and the district dissolved in 1962. This building is now the New Sweden Town Hall.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Places - Excelsior

Excelsior, MN

Founded in 1853 by a group of New Yorkers, Excelsior maintains its small town feel while being surrounded by rapidly growing suburbs. Excelsior has a rich history as a popular Minnesota vacation destination, given its prime location on the south shore of Lake Minnetonka. It was was also home to the Excelsior Amusement Park from 1925 to 1973.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Landmarks and History – E. St. Julien Cox House

St. Peter, MN

At the corner of North Washington Avenue and Skaro Street in St. Peter, you will find this magnificent house, significant in that it is known as the only Gothic Italianate-style structure in Minnesota. Built in 1871, it belonged to St. Peter’s first mayor, Eugene Saint Julien Cox. Cox eventually became a State Senator and a district judge, and was known to be quite a charismatic politician. Today, the house has been fully restored and is operated as a museum by the Nicollet County Historical Society.