National Register of Historic Places listings in Dakota County, Minnesota
This is a list of the National Register of Historic Places listings in Dakota County, Minnesota. It is intended to be a complete list of the properties and districts on the National Register of Historic Places in Dakota County, Minnesota, United States. Dakota County is located in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Minnesota, bounded on the northeast side by the Upper Mississippi River and on the northwest by the Minnesota River. 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.
Dakota County's historic sites convey the county's significant historical trends, including the settlement at Mendota, the homes of well-heeled residents of Hastings, the ethnic gathering places in South Saint Paul, and other sites related to life on the prairie, including religion, education, transportation, commerce, and the business of farming.
There are 35 properties and districts listed on the National Register in the county. A supplementary list includes three additional sites that were formerly listed on the National Register.
The earliest European settlement occurred on what is now Picnic Island, in 1819, where Colonel Henry Leavenworth built a stockade fort called "St. Peter's Cantonment" or "New Hope;" there materials were assembled for the construction of Fort Snelling, to be built on the bluff on the north side of the Minnesota River. Permanent settlement on the island was impossible due to annual flooding.
The next significant white settlement occurred in the area known as St. Peters, now Mendota, where Alexis Bailey built some log buildings to trade in furs in 1826. Henry Hastings Sibley built the first stone house in Minnesota there in 1836, overlooking Fort Snelling across the river. Sibley was a partner in the American Fur Company, and considerable fur trade occurred at Mendota, where the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers converge. By the time Minnesota achieved statehood in 1858, power and influence had shifted from Mendota, across the rivers to Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
By this time and continuing into the 20th century, the hub of activity in the county was in Hastings, the county seat, and a focal point of transportation, communication, and commerce. Hastings is critically located on the Mississippi River at the confluence of the St. Croix River and on the Vermillion River, which provided ample water power. Commercial interests built substantial wealth among the businessmen who dealt in lumber, milling, and railroads as the county residents depended on them to sell their agricultural products and to provide the goods needed for a growing economy and rising standard of living.
South Saint Paul
Into the early twentieth century, the stockyards and meat-packing plants in South Saint Paul became historically significant, as they were the largest stockyards in the world; this is where ranchers in the vast countryside to the west brought their livestock for shipping to the hungry populations of St. Louis, Memphis, and New Orleans, downstream. These plants were worked by new immigrants from Romania, Serbia, and other Eastern European countries.
|||Name on the Register||Image||Date listed||Location||City or town||Description|
|1||Daniel F. Akin House||
|19185 Akin Road
||Farmington||1856 limestone Italianate farmhouse of a progressive farmer and observer for the United States Weather Bureau.|
|2||Christiania Lutheran Free Church||
|26690 Highview Ave.
||Eureka Township||1877 Carpenter Gothic church built by a Norwegian congregation, notable for its role in the denominationalism of the Norwegian Lutheran Church in the United States.|
|3||Church of Saint Mary's-Catholic||
|8433 239th Street East
||New Trier||1909 Beaux-Arts church built for a German Catholic congregation.|
|4||Church of the Advent||
|412 Oak Street
||Farmington||Small 1872 Carpenter Gothic church built under Bishop Henry Benjamin Whipple, adapted from Richard Upjohn's published designs for rural churches.|
|5||Dakota County Courthouse||
|Vermillion and 4th Streets
||Hastings||1871 Italian Villa style courthouse with a dome added in a 1912 renovation. Now Hastings City Hall.|
|6||District No. 72 School||
|321st Street West and Cornell Avenue
||Waterford Township||1882 rural frame schoolhouse.|
|7||East Second Street Commercial Historic District||
|East Second Street
||Hastings||A downtown historic district consisting of 35 commercial buildings built between 1860 and 1900.|
|8||Ignatius Eckert House||
|724 Ashland Street
||Hastings||Italian Villa style residence in the style of Andrew Jackson Downing.|
|9||Exchange Bank Building||
|344 3rd Street
||Farmington||1880 brick Italianate commercial building with limestone trim.|
|801 Pine Street
||Hastings||1959 brick medical clinic with an enveloping copper roof, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.|
|11||First Presbyterian Church, Hastings||
|602 Vermillion Street
||Hastings||1881 Romanesque Revival church designed by Charles N. Daniels, remodelled by Harry Wild Jones after a 1907 fire.|
||Fort Snelling||On what is now Picnic Island, on the Dakota County side of the Minnesota River in 1819, Colonel Henry Leavenworth built a stockade fort called "St. Peter's Cantonment" or "New Hope," where materials were assembled for the construction of Fort Snelling.|
|13||Fort Snelling-Mendota Bridge||
|State Highway 55
||Mendota||1926 concrete arch bridge—at 4,119 feet (1,255 m) the longest in the world at the time—designed by Walter H. Wheeler and C.A.P. Turner.|
|14||Reuben Freeman House||
|9091 Inver Grove Trail
||Inver Grove Heights||1875 vernacular house with eight gables, built of coursed fieldstone collected on-site.|
|15||Good Templars Hall||
|124th Street East
(original address of building) Current coordinates are
|Nininger||1858 Greek Revival meeting hall built by a chapter of the Independent Order of Good Templars. The building was moved to Little Log House Pioneer Village in 2005.|
|16||Hastings Foundry-Star Iron Works||
|707 East 1st Street
||Hastings||1859 industrial building—one of the oldest remaining in the state—which produced the first steam engine built in Minnesota.|
|17||Hastings Methodist Episcopal Church||
|719 Vermillion Street
||Hastings||1862 church—oldest in Hastings—built in an eclectic mix of Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, and Italianate architecture.|
|18||Holz Family Farmstead||
|4665 Manor Drive
||Eagan||1893 farmstead preserving structures from two generations of operation.|
|19||Byron Howes House||
|718 Vermillion Street
||Hastings||1868 Italianate house of a notable banker and civil servant.|
|20||Rudolph Latto House||
|620 Ramsey Street
||Hastings||1881 Chaska brick house built in a transitional Italianate/Eastlake style.|
|21||William G. LeDuc House||
|1629 Vermillion Street
||Hastings||1865 Gothic Revival house based on a pattern by Andrew Jackson Downing. Now a Dakota County Historical Society museum and event venue.|
|309 West 7th Street
||Hastings||1857 Greek Revival house owned by two successive newspaper editors, A. W. MacDonald and Irving Todd. Todd had the building moved from Nininger to Hastings in 1866.|
|23||Mendota Historic District||
|Roughly bounded by government lot 2, State Highway 55, Sibley Highway., D Street, and Minnesota River
||Mendota||1830s–1850s locus of region's first white settlement, featuring the 1853 St. Peter's church—Minnesota's oldest continually operating church—and the Sibley House Historic Site, which comprises Henry Hastings Sibley's 1836 house, Jean-Baptiste Faribault's 1836 house/hotel, Hypolite Dupuis's 1854 house, and trade buildings of the American Fur Company.|
|24||Minneapolis Saint Paul Rochester & Dubuque Electric Traction Company Depot||
|County Highway 5 at 155th Street
||Burnsville||1910 railway shelter on the Dan Patch Line, serving small farmers in Burnsville who brought onions and other produce to Minneapolis for sale and later commuters who found work in the Twin Cities.|
|25||Emil J. Oberhoffer House||
|17020 Judicial Road West
||Lakeville||1918 Prairie School summer home designed by Paul Haugen of Purcell & Elmslie for Emil Oberhoffer, first conductor of the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra.|
|26||Ramsey Mill and Old Mill Park||
|18th Street and Vermillion River
||Hastings||Ruins of Alexander Ramsey's 1856 gristmill, in a 1925 park.|
|27||Saint Stefan's Romanian Orthodox Church||
|350 5th Avenue North
||South St. Paul||1924 domed stucco church built for a Romanian immigrant congregation.|
|404 3rd Avenue South
||South St. Paul||1923 brick social hall for Serbian immigrants, many of whom worked in the local meatpacking industry. Now a museum and cultural center.|
|29||Henry H. Sibley House||
||Mendota||1836 limestone house of Henry Hastings Sibley, district manager of the American Fur Company who would go on to be first state governor of Minnesota. Now part of a Minnesota Historical Society site.|
|200 North Concord Street
||South St. Paul||1887 brick Richardsonian Romanesque headquarters of Minnesota's significant meat packing industry, designed by Charles A. Reed.|
|649 3rd Street West
||Hastings||1880 brick Second Empire house.|
|612 Vermillion Street
||Hastings||1867 brick Second Empire house.|
|Canada Ave. over Cannon River
||Waterford Township||1909 camelback through truss bridge.|
|34||George W. Wentworth House||
|1575 Oakdale Avenue
||West St. Paul||1887 brick Queen Anne house of a founder of West St. Paul.|
|35||West Second Street Residential Historic District||
|West Second Street
||Hastings||District containing 13 architecturally significant homes built between 1857 and 1890.|
|||Name on the Register||Image||Date listed||Date removed||Location||City or town||Summary|
|1||Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad Depot||
||400 2nd St.
||Farmington||1894 depot, demolished in 1984 as the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad went into bankruptcy.|
||County Highway 74
||Farmington vicinity||1918 octagonal building on the Dakota County Fairgrounds. Demolished in 1988.|
|3||Jacob Marthaler House||
||1746 Oakdale Avenue
||West St. Paul||1863 Federal house of a founder of West St. Paul. Demolished by owner in 1993.|
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- National Register of Historic Places listings in Minnesota
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- Numbers represent an ordering by significant words. Various colorings, defined here, differentiate National Historic Landmarks and historic districts from other NRHP buildings, structures, sites or objects.
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- The eight-digit number below each date is the number assigned to each location in the National Register Information System database, which can be viewed by clicking the number.
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- Morse-Kahn, Deborah (2010). The Historic St. Croix Valley: A Guided Tour. St. Paul, Minn.: Minnesota Historical Society. ISBN 9780873517744.
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- Kaplan, Anne R.; Marilyn Ziebarth (1999). Making Minnesota Territory, 1849-1858. St. Paul, Minn.: Minnesota Historical Society. p. 102. ISBN 9780873513739. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
- Norfleet, Nicole (2011-06-01). "A Serbian oasis in South St. Paul". Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minn.). Retrieved 2012-11-26.
- "Sibley House Historic Site". Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
- "Stockyards Exchange". Minnesota National Register Properties Database. Minnesota Historical Society. 2009. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
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