The Pierre Bottineau House is accessible by taking the first left as you enter Elm Creek Park Reserve in Maple Grove, MN. The house is located on the hill overlooking the disc golf course, a bike trail and the winter recreation area.
The sign reads:
Pierre Bottineau House
Relocation and Restoration Project
The house on the hill…
On the hill before you stands the first frame house built within the original confines of Maple Grove Township. It was constructed in 1854 (four years before Minnesota became a state) by Pierre Bottineau, one of Minnesota’s most legendary historical figures. His varied roles as voyageur, trader, interpreter, guide and scout made him an important contributor to the early development of the state.
How did the house get here?
Historic maps show that the Bottineau House originally stood near the site of today’s Osseo Junior High School. It has been moved at least three times since the Bottineau family last lived in the house, and was most recently located on Zachary Lane – about 2 miles east of where you now stand. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/Dot) rediscovered the Bottineau House while conducting environmental studies for the Highway 610 expansion. To preserve the historic structure, and to remove it from the proposed path of the highway expansion, Mn/Dot coordinated the home’s most recent move to this site on August 5, 2009.
Now that it’s here…
In the weeks and months ahead, many visible changes will occur as the house is restored to its original 1854 appearance. Once the Mn/DOT-funded restoration is complete, ownership of the Bottineau House will be transferred to Three Rivers Park District, which will preserve and interpret the house as an historic feature within Elm Creek Park Reserve. Park District employees are currently developing programs and exhibits that will bring to life the rich history of this house and its inhabitants. The house is scheduled to open to the public sometime in 2010.
Additional photos of the Pierre Bottineau House from my visits to Elm Creek Park Reserve:
The Pierre Bottineau House at Sunset on February 19th, 2011.
The Pierre Bottineau House on March 14th, 2011.
One of the ski trails that passes near the Pierre Bottineau House.
Last update: 3/24/2011 – Added Pictures