Wooden Bridge at Elm Creek Park Reserve

Wooden Bridge at Elm Creek Park Reserve by Adam Bavier

This wooden bridge crosses Elm Creek. The bridge is located in the Elm Creek Park Reserve and is part of the very extensive bike and hiking path system in the park. Cross-country ski trails cross over the bridge in the winter. I estimate that the bridge was built in early 2004 or late 2003. I have pictures from June 2004 of this bridge and a map of the park, and the bridge is not on the map at that time.

This bridge replaces the need to bike along Territorial Road, which is a very welcome relief and the trail system feels much more complete now. A few more benches and more garbage cans along the entire trail system would finish everything off well. Territorial Road has recently been shortened due to the Country Road 81 modifications. Now part of the bike trail over 81, that connects into Elm Creek Park Reserve, runs along the old Territorial Road location.

Location (I marked the location with a red star.):
Location of the Wooden Bridge at Elm Creek Park Reserve

Pierre Bottineau House at Elm Creek Park Reserve

Pierre Bottineau House at Sundown at Elm Creek Park Reserve in Minnesota

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 information sign in front of the Pierre Bottineau House at Elm Creek Park Reserve in Minnesota

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.

Biography of Pierre Bottineau at the Bottineau Boulevard Partnership.

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 at Sunset.

The Pierre Bottineau House on March 14th, 2011.
The Pierre Bottineau House on March 14th, 2011.

One of the ski trails that passes near the Pierre Bottineau House.
One of the ski trails that passes near the Pierre Bottineau House.

Last update: 3/24/2011 – Added Pictures

Elm Creek Falls in Maple Grove – August

Visited the Elm Creek Falls in Maple Grove this morning. The Elm Creek Falls are in the Maple Grove Arboretum located here.

Looking over the falls.
Looking over Elm Creek Falls in Maple Grove by Adam Bavier

Swirling Water
Swirling water at Elm Creek Falls in Maple Grove by Adam Bavier

There are some branches hanging over the falls.
Elm Creek Falls in Maple Grove by Adam Bavier

The bottom of the falls.
Bottom of the Elm Creek Falls in Maple Grove by Adam Bavier

The swirling water and smooth water effect was created by using a B + W 77mm #110 3.0 (1000x) Neutral Density Glass Filter which lets in 1000 times less light to my camera. These pictures were taken with 30 second exposures and required a tripod.