Cascade River State Park
|Cascade River State Park|
|Minnesota State Park|
The Cascade River
|- elevation||732 ft (223 m) |
|Area||5,050 acres (2,043.7 ha)|
|Management||Minnesota Department of Natural Resources|
Cascade River State Park is a state park near the northeastern tip of Minnesota, USA, on the north shore of Lake Superior. The park is in a rocky and rugged location, and has many different types of wildlife.
Cascade River State Park is also connected to the Superior Hiking Trail.
The site was originally named Cascade River State Wayside. It was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps starting around July 1934. One of the projects was a huge 535 feet (163 m) overlook wall, built from locally-quarried gabbro. The roadside development plans were drawn by Arthur R. Nichols and Harold E. Olson. The project was considered a model for roadside development within the state, and possibly even outside the state. The development work was supervised and inspected not just by National Park Service employees, but also by members of the Minnesota Highway Department, staff of the Minneapolis Park Board, Civilian Conservation Corps individuals, members of the Minnesota Legislature, and even some Canadian officials. The wayside was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 4, 2003.
- "Cascade River State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1991-05-01. Retrieved 2011-02-23.
- Gardner, Denis P. (2004). Minnesota Treasures: Stories Behind the State's Historic Places. St. Paul, Minnesota: Minnesota Historical Society. pp. 262–266. ISBN 0-87351-471-8.
- "MN/DOT Historic Roadside Development Structures Inventory: Cascade River Overlook". December 1998. Retrieved 2013-03-27.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
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