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Original Main Street Historic District

Location: Main Street, between South Eighth and North Third streets, Sauk Centre, Stearns County
Built: 1920-47
Listed on NRHP: August 05, 1994

The Original Main Street Historic District in Sauk Centre is significant for its close association with Sinclair Lewis' 1920 novel Main Street, which introduced the profoundly influential concept of “Main Street” as a way of analyzing, visualizing and symbolizing the American small town. Lewis' hometown, Sauk Centre, was commonly thought to be the inspiration for his critical look at life in small-town, middle-class America in the fictional Gopher Prairie, Minn.

Sauk Centre's Original Main Street Historic District encompasses 90 contributing buildings, including single-family dwellings, hotels, financial institutions, commercial structures, a post office, library, religious structures, theaters, manufacturing facilities, a park and railroad-related structures.




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Click to go to larger photo of Main Street Theatre, Sauk Centre.
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