National Register of Historic Places listings in Dakota County, Minnesota

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Location of Dakota County in 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.

This National Park Service list is complete through NPS recent listings posted September 12, 2014.[1]


Dakota County

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.[2] 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.[3]


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.[4]

South Saint Paul[edit]

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;[5] 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.[6] These plants were worked by new immigrants from Romania, Serbia, and other Eastern European countries.[7]

Current listings[edit]

[8] Name on the Register[9] Image Date listed[10] Location City or town Description
1 Daniel F. Akin House
Daniel F. Akin House
December 31, 1979
19185 Akin Road
44°40′17″N 93°10′18″W / 44.671508°N 93.171734°W / 44.671508; -93.171734 (Daniel F. Akin House)
Farmington 1856 limestone Italianate farmhouse of a progressive farmer and observer for the United States Weather Bureau.[11]
2 Christiania Lutheran Free Church
Christiania Lutheran Free Church
May 28, 2010
26690 Highview Ave.
44°33′46″N 93°14′15″W / 44.562665°N 93.237566°W / 44.562665; -93.237566 (Christiania Lutheran Free Church)
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.[12]
3 Church of Saint Mary's-Catholic
Church of Saint Mary's-Catholic
December 31, 1979
8433 239th Street East
44°36′11″N 92°56′08″W / 44.60317°N 92.935479°W / 44.60317; -92.935479 (Church of Saint Mary's-Catholic)
New Trier 1909 Beaux-Arts church built for a German Catholic congregation.[13]
4 Church of the Advent
Church of the Advent
December 31, 1979
412 Oak Street
44°38′20″N 93°08′33″W / 44.638876°N 93.142443°W / 44.638876; -93.142443 (Church of the Advent)
Farmington Small 1872 Carpenter Gothic church built under Bishop Henry Benjamin Whipple, adapted from Richard Upjohn's published designs for rural churches.[11]
5 Dakota County Courthouse
Dakota County Courthouse
July 21, 1978
Vermillion and 4th Streets
44°44′34″N 92°51′07″W / 44.74267°N 92.851848°W / 44.74267; -92.851848 (Dakota County Courthouse)
Hastings 1871 Italian Villa style courthouse with a dome added in a 1912 renovation. Now Hastings City Hall.[4]
6 District No. 72 School
District No. 72 School
December 31, 1979
321st Street West and Cornell Avenue
44°29′05″N 93°08′41″W / 44.48478°N 93.144598°W / 44.48478; -93.144598 (District No. 72 School)
Waterford Township 1882 rural frame schoolhouse.[14]
7 East Second Street Commercial Historic District
East Second Street Commercial Historic District
July 31, 1978
East Second Street
44°44′40″N 92°51′04″W / 44.744342°N 92.85122°W / 44.744342; -92.85122 (East Second Street Commercial Historic District)
Hastings A downtown historic district consisting of 35 commercial buildings built between 1860 and 1900.[15]
8 Ignatius Eckert House
Ignatius Eckert House
July 21, 1978
724 Ashland Street
44°44′19″N 92°51′24″W / 44.738483°N 92.856679°W / 44.738483; -92.856679 (Ignatius Eckert House)
Hastings Italian Villa style residence in the style of Andrew Jackson Downing.[4]
9 Exchange Bank Building
Exchange Bank Building
December 31, 1979
344 3rd Street
44°38′22″N 93°08′44″W / 44.639352°N 93.145504°W / 44.639352; -93.145504 (Exchange Bank Building)
Farmington 1880 brick Italianate commercial building with limestone trim.[11]
10 Fasbender Clinic
Fasbender Clinic
December 31, 1979
801 Pine Street
44°44′17″N 92°51′45″W / 44.738001°N 92.862486°W / 44.738001; -92.862486 (Fasbender Clinic)
Hastings 1959 brick medical clinic with an enveloping copper roof, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.[4]
11 First Presbyterian Church, Hastings
First Presbyterian Church, Hastings
July 7, 1995
602 Vermillion Street
44°44′24″N 92°51′11″W / 44.74009°N 92.853034°W / 44.74009; -92.853034 (First Presbyterian Church, Hastings)
Hastings 1881 Romanesque Revival church designed by Charles N. Daniels, remodelled by Harry Wild Jones after a 1907 fire.[13]
12 Fort Snelling
Fort Snelling
October 15, 1966
Picnic Island
44°53′08″N 93°10′41″W / 44.885556°N 93.178056°W / 44.885556; -93.178056 (Fort Snelling)
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.[2]
13 Fort Snelling-Mendota Bridge
Fort Snelling-Mendota Bridge
December 1, 1978
State Highway 55
44°53′06″N 93°10′25″W / 44.885°N 93.173611°W / 44.885; -93.173611 (Fort Snelling-Mendota Bridge)
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.[2]
14 Reuben Freeman House
Reuben Freeman House
December 31, 1979
9091 Inver Grove Trail
44°49′03″N 93°01′24″W / 44.817533°N 93.023196°W / 44.817533; -93.023196 (Reuben Freeman House)
Inver Grove Heights 1875 vernacular house with eight gables, built of coursed fieldstone collected on-site.[16]
15 Good Templars Hall
Good Templars Hall
December 31, 1979
124th Street East
(original address of building) Current coordinates are

44°37′52″N 92°50′16″W / 44.631038°N 92.837856°W / 44.631038; -92.837856 (Good Templars Hall)
Nininger 1858 Greek Revival meeting hall built by a chapter of the Independent Order of Good Templars.[17] The building was moved to Little Log House Pioneer Village in 2005.[18]
16 Hastings Foundry-Star Iron Works
Hastings Foundry-Star Iron Works
December 31, 1979
707 East 1st Street
44°44′44″N 92°50′39″W / 44.74565°N 92.844216°W / 44.74565; -92.844216 (Hastings Foundry-Star Iron Works)
Hastings 1859 industrial building—one of the oldest remaining in the state—which produced the first steam engine built in Minnesota.[4]
17 Hastings Methodist Episcopal Church
Hastings Methodist Episcopal Church
June 7, 1978
719 Vermillion Street
44°44′18″N 92°51′08″W / 44.73847°N 92.852246°W / 44.73847; -92.852246 (Hastings Methodist Episcopal Church)
Hastings 1862 church—oldest in Hastings—built in an eclectic mix of Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, and Italianate architecture.[4]
18 Holz Family Farmstead
Holz Family Farmstead
May 24, 2007
4665 Manor Drive
44°47′16″N 93°06′56″W / 44.787778°N 93.115556°W / 44.787778; -93.115556 (Holz Family Farmstead)
Eagan 1893 farmstead preserving structures from two generations of operation.[13]
19 Byron Howes House
Byron Howes House
June 15, 1978
718 Vermillion Street
44°44′19″N 92°51′12″W / 44.738525°N 92.853345°W / 44.738525; -92.853345 (Byron Howes House)
Hastings 1868 Italianate house of a notable banker and civil servant.[4]
20 Rudolph Latto House
Rudolph Latto House
May 23, 1978
620 Ramsey Street
44°44′22″N 92°51′01″W / 44.739524°N 92.8504°W / 44.739524; -92.8504 (Rudolph Latto House)
Hastings 1881 Chaska brick house built in a transitional Italianate/Eastlake style.[4]
21 William G. LeDuc House
William G. LeDuc House
June 22, 1970
1629 Vermillion Street
44°43′45″N 92°51′07″W / 44.729054°N 92.851969°W / 44.729054; -92.851969 (William G. LeDuc House)
Hastings 1865 Gothic Revival house based on a pattern by Andrew Jackson Downing. Now a Dakota County Historical Society museum and event venue.[19]
22 MacDonald-Todd House
MacDonald-Todd House
December 31, 1979
309 West 7th Street
44°44′21″N 92°51′21″W / 44.739098°N 92.85571°W / 44.739098; -92.85571 (MacDonald-Todd House)
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.[4]
23 Mendota Historic District
Mendota Historic District
June 22, 1970
Roughly bounded by government lot 2, State Highway 55, Sibley Highway., D Street, and Minnesota River
44°53′13″N 93°10′00″W / 44.88705°N 93.166573°W / 44.88705; -93.166573 (Mendota Historic District)
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.[3][13]
24 Minneapolis Saint Paul Rochester & Dubuque Electric Traction Company Depot
Minneapolis Saint Paul Rochester & Dubuque Electric Traction Company Depot
December 31, 1979
County Highway 5 at 155th Street
44°43′22″N 93°17′54″W / 44.722741°N 93.298416°W / 44.722741; -93.298416 (Minneapolis Saint Paul Rochester & Dubuque Electric Traction Company Depot)
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.[20]
25 Emil J. Oberhoffer House
Emil J. Oberhoffer House
December 31, 1979
17020 Judicial Road West
44°42′10″N 93°19′02″W / 44.702795°N 93.317284°W / 44.702795; -93.317284 (Emil J. Oberhoffer House)
Lakeville 1918 Prairie School summer home designed by Paul Haugen of Purcell & Elmslie for Emil Oberhoffer, first conductor of the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra.[21]
26 Ramsey Mill and Old Mill Park
Ramsey Mill and Old Mill Park
July 15, 1998
18th Street and Vermillion River
44°43′35″N 92°50′29″W / 44.726389°N 92.841389°W / 44.726389; -92.841389 (Ramsey Mill and Old Mill Park)
Hastings Ruins of Alexander Ramsey's 1856 gristmill, in a 1925 park.[22]
27 Saint Stefan's Romanian Orthodox Church
Saint Stefan's Romanian Orthodox Church
May 19, 2004
350 5th Avenue North
44°53′44″N 93°02′22″W / 44.895685°N 93.039399°W / 44.895685; -93.039399 (Saint Stefan's Romanian Orthodox Church)
South St. Paul 1924 domed stucco church built for a Romanian immigrant congregation.[13]
28 Serbian Home
Serbian Home
March 26, 1992
404 3rd Avenue South
44°53′07″N 93°02′16″W / 44.885146°N 93.037779°W / 44.885146; -93.037779 (Serbian Home)
South St. Paul 1923 brick social hall for Serbian immigrants, many of whom worked in the local meatpacking industry.[7] Now a museum and cultural center.[23]
29 Henry H. Sibley House
Henry H. Sibley House
January 10, 1972
Willow Street
44°53′16″N 93°09′58″W / 44.8879°N 93.16601°W / 44.8879; -93.16601 (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.[13] Now part of a Minnesota Historical Society site.[24]
30 Stockyards Exchange
Stockyards Exchange
March 7, 1979
200 North Concord Street
44°53′36″N 93°02′06″W / 44.893308°N 93.03497°W / 44.893308; -93.03497 (Stockyards Exchange)
South St. Paul 1887 brick Richardsonian Romanesque headquarters of Minnesota's significant meat packing industry, designed by Charles A. Reed.[7][25]
31 Thompson-Fasbender House
Thompson-Fasbender House
May 22, 1978
649 3rd Street West
44°44′34″N 92°51′45″W / 44.742714°N 92.862464°W / 44.742714; -92.862464 (Thompson-Fasbender House)
Hastings 1880 brick Second Empire house.[13]
32 VanDyke-Libby House
VanDyke-Libby House
October 2, 1978
612 Vermillion Street
44°44′22″N 92°51′11″W / 44.739482°N 92.853138°W / 44.739482; -92.853138 (VanDyke-Libby House)
Hastings 1867 brick Second Empire house.[13]
33 Waterford Bridge
Waterford Bridge
August 26, 2010
Canada Ave. over Cannon River
44°29′15″N 93°07′42″W / 44.487469°N 93.128386°W / 44.487469; -93.128386 (Waterford Bridge)
Waterford Township 1909 camelback through truss bridge.[26]
34 George W. Wentworth House
George W. Wentworth House
December 31, 1979
1575 Oakdale Avenue
44°53′55″N 93°04′20″W / 44.89873°N 93.072202°W / 44.89873; -93.072202 (George W. Wentworth House)
West St. Paul 1887 brick Queen Anne house of a founder of West St. Paul.[27]
35 West Second Street Residential Historic District
West Second Street Residential Historic District
July 31, 1978
West Second Street
44°44′40″N 92°51′21″W / 44.744342°N 92.855783°W / 44.744342; -92.855783 (West Second Street Residential Historic District)
Hastings District containing 13 architecturally significant homes built between 1857 and 1890.[4]

Former listings[edit]

[8] Name on the Register Image Date listed Date removed Location City or town Summary
1 Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad Depot Upload image
December 31, 1979
May 15, 1987
400 2nd St.
Farmington 1894 depot, demolished in 1984 as the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad went into bankruptcy.[11]
2 Horticulture Building Upload image
December 31, 1979
March 15, 1993
County Highway 74
Farmington vicinity 1918 octagonal building on the Dakota County Fairgrounds.[28] Demolished in 1988.[13]
3 Jacob Marthaler House Upload image
October 27, 1988
January 10, 1994
1746 Oakdale Avenue
West St. Paul 1863 Federal house of a founder of West St. Paul. Demolished by owner in 1993.[29]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "National Register of Historic Places: Weekly List Actions". National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved on September 12, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Historic Sites: Mendota Heights". Dakota County Historical Society. 2005. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  3. ^ a b "Historic Sites: Mendota". Dakota County Historical Society. 2005. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Historic Sites: Hastings". Dakota County Historical Society. 2005. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  5. ^ "South St. Paul Riverfront Trail". Mississippi National River and Recreation area. Archived from the original on 2006-12-31. Retrieved 2007-03-19. 
  6. ^ "County Origin". Dakota County Historical Society. 2005. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  7. ^ a b c "Historic Sites: South St. Paul". Dakota County Historical Society. 2005. Retrieved 2007-03-19. 
  8. ^ a b 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.
  9. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ a b c d "Heritage Landmarks". City of Farmington. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  12. ^ Humphrey, Katie (2011-05-15). "Preaching history: Highview Christiania near Farmington still looks much as it did in the late 1800s, when it was involved in "church wars" with other Norwegian Lutheran congregations". Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minn.). p. 01N. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i Nord, Mary Ann (2003). The National Register of Historic Places in Minnesota. Minnesota Historical Society. ISBN 0-87351-448-3. 
  14. ^ "Historic Sites: Waterford". Dakota County Historical Society. 2005. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  15. ^ "Historic Commercial Buildings". Hastings Heritage Preservation Commission. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-05-29. 
  16. ^ "Historic Sites: Inver Grove Heights". Dakota County Historical Society. 2005. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  17. ^ "Historic Sites: Nininger". Dakota County Historical Society. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  18. ^ Morse-Kahn, Deborah (2010). The Historic St. Croix Valley: A Guided Tour. St. Paul, Minn.: Minnesota Historical Society. ISBN 9780873517744. 
  19. ^ "LeDuc Historic Estate: About Us". Dakota County Historical Society. 2005. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  20. ^ "Historic Sites: Burnsville". Dakota County Historical Society. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  21. ^ "Historic Sites: Lakeville". Dakota County Historical Society. 2005. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  22. ^ 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. 
  23. ^ Norfleet, Nicole (2011-06-01). "A Serbian oasis in South St. Paul". Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minn.). Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  24. ^ "Sibley House Historic Site". Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  25. ^ "Stockyards Exchange". Minnesota National Register Properties Database. Minnesota Historical Society. 2009. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  26. ^ "Waterford Bridge". Minnesota National Register Properties Database. Minnesota Historical Society. 2009. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  27. ^ "Historic Sites: West Saint Paul". Dakota County Historical Society. 2005. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  28. ^ "Horticulture Building". Minnesota National Register Properties Database. Minnesota Historical Society. 2009. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  29. ^ Weber, Laura (Fall 1997). "Wins and Losses: The National Register of Historic Places in Minnesota". Minnesota History: 302–319. 

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