Scenic State Park

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Scenic State Park
Minnesota State Park
Scenic State Park sunset.JPG
Sunset at Lake Coon
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Itasca
Location Bigfork
 - elevation 1,358 ft (414 m) [1]
 - coordinates 47°42′56″N 93°33′46″W / 47.71556°N 93.56278°W / 47.71556; -93.56278Coordinates: 47°42′56″N 93°33′46″W / 47.71556°N 93.56278°W / 47.71556; -93.56278
Area 3,936 acres (1,592.8 ha)
Founded 1988
Management Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Location of Scenic State Park in Iowa
Website: Hill Annex Mine State Park
Scenic State Park CCC/WPA/Rustic Style Historic Resources
MPS Minnesota State Park CCC/WPA/Rustic Style MPS
NRHP reference # 89001670[2]
Added to NRHP June 8, 1992
Scenic State Park CCC/Rustic Style Service Yard
NRHP reference # 92000595[2]
Added to NRHP June 8, 1992

Scenic State Park is a Minnesota state park near Bigfork in Itasca County. It encompasses 3,936 acres (1,593 ha) of virgin pine forests that surround Coon and Sandwick Lakes.[3] It also includes portions of Lake of the Isles, Tell Lake, Cedar Lake and Pine Lake. Established in 1921, the Ojibwe tribe had previously used the area for hunting. The park has places for camping, hiking, swimming, fishing, and canoeing.

National Register of Historic Places[edit]

One of the cabins built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

The park includes two historic districts that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Scenic State Park CCC/Rustic Style Service Yard is located on the western shore of Sandwick Lake and it is composed of four buildings on a 2-acre (0.81 ha) site.[4] They include the Equipment Building (1934), Ice and Wood House (1934), Custodian's Cabin (1935), and the Tool & Equipment Building (1935). The Scenic State Park CCC/WPA/Rustic Style Historic Resources district is composed of four buildings and two structures on 16 acres (6.5 ha) on the western shore of Coon Lake.[5] They include the Shelter Pavilion (1934-1935), Comfort Station (1934-1935), Naturalist's Cabin (1935), Shelter & Latrine (1935), Water Tower (1935), and the Stone Steps (1935). The ten buildings and structures in the park were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the Rustic style. They were designed by G. Iverson, Edward W. Barber, and the National Park Service (NPS). This development started in 1933 and it was the first CCC state park camp to begin operating within Minnesota.[4] The buildings, of log construction, received considerable acclaim from the NPS. The landscape design was also prepared by the National Park Service and is one of the most thorough and extensive designs executed by their landscape architects.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scenic State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1993-07-01. Retrieved 2018-01-02.
  2. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  3. ^ "Park Info". Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2018-01-02.
  4. ^ a b Rolf T. Anderson. "Scenic State Park CCC/Rustic Style Service Yard". National Park Service. Retrieved 2018-01-02. with photos
  5. ^ Rolf T. Anderson. "Scenic State Park CCC/WPA/Rustic Style Historic Resources". National Park Service. Retrieved 2018-01-02. with photos

External links[edit]

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