National Register of Historic Places listings in Rock County, Minnesota facts for kids
This is a list of the National Register of Historic Places listings in Rock County, Minnesota. It is intended to be a complete list of the properties and districts on the National Register of Historic Places in Rock 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 19 properties and districts listed on the National Register in the county. A supplementary list includes two additional sites that were formerly on the National Register.
Rock County's National Register properties reflect its role as an agricultural region, served by a few population centers connected to eastern markets by railroads. The first and largest community, Luverne, was established in 1867 and platted in 1872, a later start to settlement than most other parts of Minnesota. Rail lines were constructed in the 1870s and 80s, directly influencing the placement of most of the rest of Rock County's towns.
The construction methods of Rock County's listings reveal the changing availability and fashion of building materials. The oldest structures were of wood framing. Increased investment is indicated by the use of brick, in such structures as the 1879 Pierce J. Kniss House and 1880 farmhouse at the Jacob Nuffer Farmstead. Then, from the 1890s to 1905, locally quarried Sioux Quartzite became briefly fashionable, but its extreme hardness soon quashed its appeal among builders.
|Name on the Register||Image||Date listed||Location||City or town||Description|
|1||Blue Mounds State Park WPA/Rustic Style Historic Resources||
|Off U.S. Route 75 north of Luverne
||Luverne vicinity||Park facilities with five contributing properties built 1937–42, significant as examples of New Deal federal work relief, regional recreational development, and National Park Service rustic design using Sioux Quartzite.|
|2||Bridge No. 1482||
|Off U.S. Route 75 south of Luverne, Schoneman Park
||Luverne vicinity||Rare Minnesota example of the early and uncommon king post style of steel truss bridge, built in 1908 by the Hewett Bridge Company. Nominated after being moved in 1990 from its original location on the Rock River.|
|3||Bridge No. L-2162||
|County Road 51 over Split Rock Creek
||Jasper vicinity||c. 1907 example of an early rural reinforced-concrete arch bridge, of a distinctive vernacular design by prolific local bridge builder Perley N. Gillham. Further notable as Minnesota's longest reinforced concrete bridge built during the first decade of their use.|
|4||Bridge No. L-2315||
|Township Road 89 over the Rock River
||Luverne vicinity||c. 1901 example of an early rural reinforced-concrete arch bridge, of a distinctive vernacular design by prolific local bridge builder Perley N. Gillham. Likely demolished (see talk page).|
|5||Bridge No. L-2316||
|Township Road 89 over the Rock River
||Luverne vicinity||c. 1906 example of an early rural reinforced-concrete arch bridge, of a distinctive vernacular design by prolific local bridge builder Perley N. Gillham. Likely demolished (see talk page).|
|6||Bridge No. L-4646||
|6th St. over Spring Brook
||Beaver Creek||1911 example of an early rural reinforced-concrete arch bridge, of a distinctive vernacular design by prolific local bridge builder Perley N. Gillham.|
|7||First National Bank of Beaver Creek||
||Beaver Creek||1917 Classical Revival building with an unusually well-executed design for a small town bank. Also representative of local commercial developments.|
|8||J.W. Gerber House||
|324 W. Main St.
||Luverne||1901 Colonial Revival house of a successful local businessman and civic leader. Also noted as one of Rock County's finest examples of residential architecture.|
|9||R.B. Hinkly House||
|217 N. Freeman Ave.
||Luverne||1892 Queen Anne-styled house notable for its fine Sioux Quartzite construction and prescient incorporation of electrical, plumbing, and telephone amenities. Now a house museum.|
|10||Holy Trinity Episcopal Church||
|N. Cedar and E. Luverne Streets
||Luverne||1891 Gothic Revival church, a center of religious life in early Luverne that is also noted for its fine Sioux Quartzite construction.|
|11||Jasper Stone Company and Quarry||
|Off Sherman Ave.
||Jasper||Quarry established c. 1890, an early regional source of Sioux Quartzite for construction, and since World War I a leading international producer of silicon dioxide for industrial abrasives.|
|230 W. 1st Ave.
||Kenneth||Only remaining example of Rock County's few two-story schools, built in 1901 very soon after Kenneth was founded.|
|13||Pierce J. Kniss House||
|209 N. Estey St.
||Luverne||Exemplary Italian Villa style house built 1878–79 by notable local architect George Soutar and builder Joseph H. Jones, owned successively by Luverne co-founder and entrepreneur P.J. Kniss and judge P.E. Brown.|
|14||Luverne Carnegie Library||
|205 N. Freeman Ave.
||Luverne||1904 Carnegie library noted for its role in local education. Now the Carnegie Cultural Center.|
|W. Warren St.
||Luverne||Rare example of a cemetery chapel in southwestern Minnesota, built in Gothic Revival style in 1895.|
|16||Jacob Nuffer Farmstead||
|County Roads 53 and 57
||Hills vicinity||Century Farm representing local settlement and agriculture, with five contributing properties built 1880s–1900, including an 1890 farmhouse additionally notable for its fine and locally unusual brick construction.|
|E. Fletcher St.
||Luverne||1913 railway station symbolizing the importance of railroads in Rock County's development.|
|Main St. and Freeman Ave.
||Luverne||1915 movie theater significant for its elaborate Art Nouveau interior.|
|19||Rock County Courthouse and Jail||
|204 E. Brown
||Luverne||Richardsonian Romanesque government buildings constructed 1887–1890, one of Minnesota's few remaining courthouse and jail complexes.|
|Name on the Register||Image||Date listed||Date removed||Location||City or town||Summary|
|1||Close Brothers Land Company Tenant House||
||Co. Hwy. 5
||Beaver Creek||1883 house representative of the hundreds of farmsteads developed and sold by a major southwest Minnesota land speculator along railroad land grants. Demolished in 1989 after being damaged by fire.|
|2||Worthington and Sioux Falls Freight Depot||
||106 E Fletcher St
||Luverne||Rock County's first railway station, built in 1876. Demolished in 1992.|
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