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Charles A. Lindbergh State Park
Descriptions of Selected Resources

Minnesota state parks contain a variety of historic properties. These images are representative of the Rustic Style historic resources built in Minnesota state parks.

Picnic Shelter at Lindbergh State Park Picnic Shelter
Builder: WPA
Architect: H. Nielsen & L. Taylor
Date: 1938

The Picnic Shelter is a T-shaped structure constructed of peeled logs with saddle-notched corners resting on a stone-faced concrete foundation. The main area of the shelter is 44' by 24' with a 12' by 16' projection to the rear for the kitchen. Both sections are covered with intersecting gable roofs. The main entrance features an 8' by 16' porch with a projecting shed roof supported by log posts.

The interior features a massive stone fireplace with a 4'0" by 2'6" opening that separates the shelter area from the kitchen The kitchen still retains four original cast iron wood cook stoves and the original sink.

Although the building was constructed in 1938, doors and 8-light casement windows were not installed until 1939. At that time a refectory (concession) was added in the main section of the shelter. This 14' by 7' addition included a 9' counter and was constructed with log cabin siding with a 7" exposure.

The design of this building was repeated at Lake Bemidji State Park.

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