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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.

There are 12 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 March 31, 2017.

Current listings

Name on the Register Image Date listed Location City or town Description
1 Alexander Baker School and E.W. Backus Junior High School
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.
2 Finstad's Auto Marine Shop
Finstad's Auto Marine Shop
January 27, 1983
(#83000906)
Sand Bay between Oak Ave. and Spruce St.
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.
3 Gold Mine Sites
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.
4 Grand Mound
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.
5 Koochiching County Courthouse
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.
6 Laurel Mounds
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.
7 Little American Mine
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. Now developed with an interpretive trail.
8 McKinstry Mounds and Village Site
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.
9 Nett Lake Petroglyphs Site
Nett Lake Petroglyphs Site
December 30, 1974
(#74001029)
Address restricted
Orr vicinity Native American petroglyphs on Spirit Island in Nett Lake.
10 Ernest C. Oberholtzer Rainy Lake Islands Historic District
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.
11 Sts. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church
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.
12 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.

Former listings

Name on the Register Image Date listed Date removed Location City or town Summary
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.

Additionally, Bridge No. 5721 was originally listed in Koochiching County but was relocated to Washington County in 2011.


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