Buffalo River State Park Improvements – Glyndon MN

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In 1940, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) pursued a variety of improvements at Buffalo River State Park, which had been established in 1937.

“Buffalo River State Park near Glyndon is included in a $900,000 improvement project to be launched by the conservation department of the State of Minnesota during the next few months,” a reporter for Parks & Recreation noted in January 1940.  The WPA allocated labor and $84,000 for the project.

According to the Minnesota Historical Society, “The Buffalo River State Park WPA/Rustic style historic resources include three buildings and three structures that form a historic district;” these are a Bath House, Garage & Residence,  Restroom/Comfort Station, Stone Curb, Diversion Dam and a Swimming Beach.  They were all, presumably, built by the WPA.

Buffalo River State Park was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

Source notes

“Minnesota Improves State Parks,” Parks & Recreation, January 1940.

“Buffalo River State Park,” Minnesota Historical Society. https://www.mnhs.org/places/nationalregister/stateparks/Buffalo.php

 

Project originally submitted by Gray Brechin on June 5, 2022.

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Location Info


565 155th St S.
Glyndon, MN 56547

Coordinates: 46.8693, -96.47347

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