National Register of Historic Places listings in Blue Earth County, Minnesota facts for kids
This is a list of the National Register of Historic Places listings in Blue Earth County, Minnesota. It is intended to be a complete list of the properties and districts on the National Register of Historic Places in Blue Earth 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.
There are 28 properties and districts listed on the National Register in the county. A supplementary list includes five additional sites that were formerly listed on the National Register.
- This National Park Service list is complete through NPS recent listings posted March 31, 2017.
|Name on the Register||Image||Date listed||Location||City or town||Description|
|1||Blue Earth County Courthouse||
||Mankato||Courthouse built 1886–89, noted for its ornate French and Italian Renaissance architecture and longstanding role as the seat of Blue Earth County government.|
|2||J.R. Brandrup House||
||Mankato||1904 Neoclassical house of a founder (1864–1944) of an important private vocational school in Mankato. Also a contributing property to the Lincoln Park Residential Historic District.|
|3||Charles Chapman House||
||Mankato||c. 1858 house of an early surveyor and city engineer who played a key role in Mankato's initial development.|
|4||Lorin Cray House||
|603 S. 2nd St.
||Mankato||Prominent Queen Anne house—built in the late 1890s—of local philanthropist Lorin Cray (1844–1927), patron of the local YWCA and other organizations.|
|5||Dodd Ford Bridge||
|County Road 147 over the Blue Earth River
||Shelby||1901 Pratt truss bridge, notable as a work of Minnesota bridge engineer Lawrence H. Johnson and an example of the flurry of government-funded infrastructure built in Blue Earth County during the Progressive Era.|
|6||Adolph O. Eberhart House||
|228 Pleasant St.
||Mankato||c. 1903 house of politician Adolph Olson Eberhart (1870–1944), who served as a state senator, lieutenant governor, and governor of Minnesota. Also a contributing property to the Lincoln Park Residential Historic District.|
|7||Federal Courthouse and Post Office||
|401 S. 2nd St.
||Mankato||Massive federal building built in 1896 and expanded in 1932 and 1965, noted for its consistent and imposing Richardsonian Romanesque architecture of Mankato limestone.|
|8||First Baptist Church||
|U.S. Route 169
||Garden City||1868 church, significant as a symbol of Blue Earth County's most successful pre-railroad community and as the state's earliest known use of concrete block construction.|
|9||First National Bank of Mankato||
|229 S. Front St.
||Mankato||The region's most significant example of Prairie School architecture, a 1913 bank designed by Ellerbe & Round. Now incorporated into the Verizon Wireless Center.|
|10||First Presbyterian Church||
|Hickory and S. Broad Sts.
||Mankato||Prominent Richardsonian Romanesque church designed by Warren H. Hayes and built 1893–96 with Mankato limestone.|
|11||James P. Gail Farmhouse||
|Off U.S. Route 169
||Lake Crystal||Octagon house built in the latter 1850s, a rare example of this 19th-century architectural fad in rural Minnesota and a remnant of the earliest Euro-American settlement in the region.|
|12||Renesselaer D. Hubbard House||
|606 S. Broad St.
||Mankato||Elaborate 1871 house of a successful businessman (1837–1905) who was highly influential in the development of Mankato. Now a historic house museum.|
|13||William Irving House||
|320 Park Lane
||Mankato||Well-preserved Second Empire house built in 1873 by an early Mankato merchant (b. 1821).|
|Minnesota Highway 68
||Lake Crystal||Rare vestige of Minnesota's chief Welsh American settlement, and a well-preserved example of an early Blue Earth County farmstead, with structures dating from the 1850s to 1887.|
|Township road over the Le Sueur River
||Skyline||Minnesota's only bowstring arch truss bridge—built in 1873—and oldest road bridge still in use at the time of its nomination. Closed to vehicle traffic in 1991.|
|16||Lincoln Park Residential Historic District||
|Roughly bounded by Shaubut, Record, Pleasant, 2nd, Liberty, Parsons, Lock, and Bradley Sts. and Grace and Wickersham Cts.
||Mankato||Large and unusually intact upper-middle-class residential neighborhood of the late-19th and early-20th centuries, with 247 contributing properties built between 1856 and 1930.|
|17||Main Street Commercial Buildings||
||Mapleton||Block of 1890s commercial buildings noted for their coherent design, embodying a peak in the development of the region's "Main Streets" around the turn of the 20th century.|
|18||Mankato Public Library and Reading Room||
|120 S. Broad
||Mankato||Public library built 1902–3, noted for its association with the Carnegie library phenomenon and for its Renaissance Revival architecture using local materials.|
|19||Mankato Union Depot||
|112 Pike St.
||Mankato||Only intact example—built in 1896—of the railway stations that were instrumental in the placement and development of 13 Blue Earth County communities.|
|20||Mapleton Public Library||
|104 1st Ave., NE.
||Mapleton||1910 Carnegie library representative of the civic push for public libraries in Minnesota, abetted by philanthropic grants from steel magnate Andrew Carnegie.|
|21||Marsh Concrete Rainbow Arch Bridge||
|County Road 101 over the Little Cottonwood River
||Courtland||1911 concrete through arch bridge, Minnesota's oldest surviving example and one of the first built by the Marsh Engineering Company of Iowa, an important promoter of the type.|
|22||Minneopa State Park WPA/Rustic Style Historic Resources||
|Off U.S. Route 169 west of Mankato
||Mankato||Park facilities with 7 contributing properties built 1937–40, significant as examples of New Deal federal work relief, early Minnesota state park development, and National Park Service rustic design.|
|23||North Front Street Commercial District||
|301–415 N. Riverfront Dr.
||Mankato||Well-preserved block-and-a-half remnant of Mankato's original commercial district, reflecting the economic growth of a major southern Minnesota city and changes in commercial architecture from the 1870s to the early 20th century.|
|24||Old Main, Mankato State Teachers College||
|5th St., S., and Jackson St.
||Mankato||Oldest surviving buildings, constructed 1908 and 1922–24, of a state-run normal school established in 1868, representing early-20th-century school design and Minnesota's longstanding commitment to education.|
|Minnesota Highway 68 in Minneopa State Park
||Skyline||Stone windmill completed in 1863, one of the few ever built in Minnesota. Operated up until 1890 when the last of its arms were destroyed by a storm.|
|26||Sterling Congregational Church||
|County Road 151
||Amboy||Simple 1867 church, a rare surviving example of Blue Earth County's rural community buildings from the period of settlement before railroad access.|
|27||Lucas Troendle House||
|2nd and Silver Sts.
||Mapleton||1896 Queen Anne house of a local leading citizen, exemplifying the prosperity attained by many who invested in land and commercial enterprises in the region's rail towns of the late 19th century.|
|28||Zieglers Ford Bridge||
|Township Road 96 over the Big Cobb River
||Good Thunder||1904 example of the pin-connected Pratt through truss bridges once common in Minnesota, and one of the few built by a company based outside of Minneapolis–Saint Paul. Removed in 1995.|
|Name on the Register||Image||Date listed||Date removed||Location||City or town||Summary|
|1||Adam Jefferson House||
||Mankato||c. 1865 Greek Revival house of a pioneer in the local quarrying industry. Relocated to North Mankato in 1987 rather than be demolished for a quarry expansion.|
||Township Road 167 over Le Sueur River
||Mankato vicinity||1883 wrought iron Pratt truss bridge. Moved in 2006.|
|3||Mankato Holstein Farm Barn||
||County Highway 5
||Mankato vicinity||1917 dairy cattle breeding barn. Demolished in 2006 after roof collapse.|
|4||Oscar Schmidt House||
||111 Park Ln.
||Mankato||1925 Georgian Revival house of a notable business owner. Demolished in 1988 to expand the Mankato YMCA.|
|5||Winnebago Agency House||
||1 mi. S of St. Clair on CR 138
||St. Clair vicinity||1855 brick Federal house. Demolished in 1986.|
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