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Terrace Historic District
Terrace Mill Historic District.jpg
Terrace's historic Terrace Mill and millpond
Terrace, Minnesota is located in Minnesota
Terrace, Minnesota
Location in Minnesota
Terrace, Minnesota is located in the United States
Terrace, Minnesota
Location in the United States
Location Off State Highway 104, Chippewa Falls Township, Minnesota
Nearest city Sedan, Minnesota
Area 42 acres (17 ha)
Built 1870s–1930
NRHP reference No. 82002999
Added to NRHP April 1, 1982

Terrace is an unincorporated community in Chippewa Falls Township, Pope County, Minnesota, United States. The community was settled in the 1870s around the Terrace Mill. In 1982, a historic district of early buildings and structures was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Terrace Historic District for having local significance under the themes of exploration/settlement and industry. It was nominated as a well-preserved example of the small communities that grew up around Minnesota's rural mills in the latter 19th century.


Terrace was established by George Wheeler, John Wheeler, and William Moses; settlers who had moved from eastern Canada to Owatonna, Minnesota, to the Minnesota frontier to establish a mill. Located on the East Branch of the Chippewa River, the town was originally called Chippewa Falls, but soon changed names due to ongoing confusion with Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. The original mill relocated to Brooten, Minnesota around 1895, but in 1903 a new miller constructed the existing Terrace Mill and resumed the town's founding industry.

Historic district

The Terrace Historic District consists of 13 contributing properties. Five contributing properties closely associated with the mill itself were originally listed on the National Register as the Terrace Mill Historic District in 1979, but a more comprehensive historic district was declared in 1982 in recognition of the rare integrity of the broader community. Early rural mill towns tended to be abandoned due to the cessation of small milling operations and competition from towns prospering along railroad lines. They are particularly rare in western Minnesota, where settlement was minimal until rail lines were laid. The properties of the Terrace Historic District represent the full suite of industrial, commercial, educational, social, religious, and residential structures comprising a small community.

Contributing property Image Location Built Summary
George Wheeler House 1st Street
45°30′36″N 95°19′2.7″W / 45.51000°N 95.317417°W / 45.51000; -95.317417 (George Wheeler House)
1873 Two-story frame house expanded by Wheeler with several additions to the rear
John Wheeler–William Moses House 1st Street
45°30′36″N 95°19′5″W / 45.51000°N 95.31806°W / 45.51000; -95.31806 (John Wheeler–William Moses House)
c. 1873 Two-story frame house with early rear addition
Coburn Hotel SE corner Co. Hwy. 21 & 1st St.
45°30′33.8″N 95°19′11.3″W / 45.509389°N 95.319806°W / 45.509389; -95.319806 (Coburn Hotel)
1877 One-and-a-half-story frame hotel with later west addition
House 1st Street
45°30′34″N 95°19′9″W / 45.50944°N 95.31917°W / 45.50944; -95.31917 (House)
c. 1870s One-and-a-half-story frame house with later west addition
Foulds–Skinner House 1st Street
45°30′34″N 95°19′5.7″W / 45.50944°N 95.318250°W / 45.50944; -95.318250 (Foulds–Skinner House)
c. 1880 One-and-a-half-story frame house with early east addition and second floor
Miller's House/Peter Takken House Peter Takken House.jpg County Highway 21
45°30′40.1″N 95°19′15.8″W / 45.511139°N 95.321056°W / 45.511139; -95.321056 (Miller's House/Peter Takken House)
1930 One-and-a-half-story fieldstone bungalow
Terrace Flour Mill Terrace Mill.jpg County Highway 21
45°30′39″N 95°19′15″W / 45.51083°N 95.32083°W / 45.51083; -95.32083 (Terrace Flour Mill)
1903 Three-story frame watermill
Steel Beam Highway Bridge County Highway 21
45°30′41.2″N 95°19′15.4″W / 45.511444°N 95.320944°W / 45.511444; -95.320944 (Steel Beam Highway Bridge)
1915 Steel beam bridge, remodeled in 1940
Mill Dam Terrace Mill Dam.jpg Off County Highway 21
45°30′41.5″N 95°19′14.8″W / 45.511528°N 95.320778°W / 45.511528; -95.320778 (Mill Dam)
c. 1882 Fieldstone dam
Stone Arch Bridge Terrace Stone Arch Bridge.jpg County Highway 21 over the Chippewa River
45°30′41″N 95°19′15.7″W / 45.51139°N 95.321028°W / 45.51139; -95.321028 (Stone Arch Bridge)
1903 30-foot (9.1 m) stone arch bridge
Skinner Drug Store (Terrace General Store) Skinner Drug Store.jpg County Highway 21
45°30′38.9″N 95°19′11.8″W / 45.510806°N 95.319944°W / 45.510806; -95.319944 (Skinner Drug Store)
c. 1882 Two-story frame commercial building with false front. Originally built in north part of town and moved in 1940 to the site of an 1871 store that had recently burned down.
Chippewa Falls Lutheran Church Chippewa Falls Lutheran Church.jpg County Highway 23
45°30′46.8″N 95°19′5″W / 45.513000°N 95.31806°W / 45.513000; -95.31806 (Chippewa Falls Lutheran Church)
1886 Carpenter Gothic church with 1924 façade and steeple and 1949 rear addition
School/Chippewa Falls Town Hall Chippewa Falls Town Hall.jpg County Highway 23
45°30′46.7″N 95°19′7.7″W / 45.512972°N 95.318806°W / 45.512972; -95.318806 (School/Chippewa Falls Town Hall)
1906 One-story frame building with open bell tower
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