West of Hayden Lake Road West

I love those partly cloudy days where the sky is a deep blue and there are nicely dispersed clouds overhead. Just wonderful.

The below pictures were taken on Elm Creek Park Reserve’s 10 mile north loop just west of where the trail crosses Hayden Lake Rd. W. All the winter snow has recently melted, and the first blades of grass are coming up.
Bike Path in Elm Creek Park Reserve Near Hayden Lake Road.

Twisted tree near the trail.
Twisted tree near the trail.

Small Inlet On Elm Creek

Elm Creek in Elm Creek Park Reserve twists and turns all over the place. I find that pretty cool. I went off trail and hiked over to the creek and took a few pictures. The creek has encroached on a few of the trees. Having not been at this location before, I can’t say if the creek is high or not for this time of the year.

The first picture below is looking towards the other side of a small inlet off the creek. The second is looking out from the inlet and up the creek. These pictures were taken a little ways north of where the creek crosses Elm Creek Road.

Looking across and inlet on Elm Creek

Looking out of the inlet.

Bing maps has a really cool bird’s eye view of this location; follow the link. Bing uses a bunch of different aerial imagery maps, so you can use the top navigation bar to circle around the location and also zoom in and out (you’ll have to check your house out with it!). This isn’t an ad, just found this feature again, and thought I’d share.

Overgrown in Elm Creek Park Reserve

Found an interesting old building while walking around Elm Creek Park Reserve. Looks to be a small cow barn, but I’m not sure. The red bricks really stick out and draw me in. There are a lot of trees that have taken root and grown in the rubble.

Overgrown Barn In Elm Creek Park Reserve

Overgrown Barn In Elm Creek Park Reserve From Afar

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