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Oak Park Heights in Washington County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Lake St. Croix Overlook

 
 
Lake St. Croix Overlook Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By McGhiever, September 15, 2021
1. Lake St. Croix Overlook Marker
Inscription.  Putting America to Work
In 1929, the Great Depression swept America and millions were left without work. To help the country through these tough times, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created several federal work programs lasting from 1933 to 1943. The unemployed provided labor for public works projects and, in return, received needed paychecks. It was called the New Deal.

During this time, New Deal workers built a lasting legacy of roads, bridges, airports, schools, parks and ballparks. They also built conservation projects for flood prevention and started tree farms. Many communities in the state greatly benefited from these New Deal programs.

Scenic Minnesota
The Minnesota Department of Highways—now called the Minnesota Department of Transportation—partnered with New Deal work programs to build a statewide network of more than 100 parking areas and historic markers, including the Lake St. Croix Overlook. These sites provided rest areas for the traveling public and introduced early tourists to Minnesota's scenic areas.

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of Transportation in 2013.

Arthur R. Nichols, an important Minnesota landscape architect, and Harold E. Olson of the Minnesota Department of Highways, designed the overlook. Workers from the federal National Youth Administration constructed the wayside in 1938-39.

The Lake St. Croix Overlook (Stillwater South) is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Depression era roadside parking areas are recognizable by their rustic designs in wood and stone, high quality of craftsmanship and overall harmony of design with the natural surroundings.

These Works Progress Administration workers are salvaging stone from the Minnesota Territorial Prison in Stillwater. The stone was used at this wayside and others.

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1938.
 
Location. 45° 2.423′ N, 92° 47.76′ W. Marker is in Oak Park Heights, Minnesota, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Lookout Trail and Peadbody Avenue N, on the left when traveling south on Lookout Trail. The marker is at the southwest corner of the Lake St. Croix Overlook. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stillwater MN 55082, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lake St. Croix (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Croix Crossing
The Lake St. Croix Overlook Marker and other nearby markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By McGhiever, September 15, 2021
2. The Lake St. Croix Overlook Marker and other nearby markers
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Building a Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Where's the State Boundary? (approx. half a mile away); Steamboats on the St. Croix (approx. half a mile away); White Pine Treaty (approx. 0.6 miles away in Wisconsin); Samuel Bloomer (approx. 0.7 miles away); Steam Power, Railroads, and the Hersey & Bean Lumber Company (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oak Park Heights.
 
The Lake St. Croix Overlook image. Click for full size.
Photographed By McGhiever, May 28, 2021
3. The Lake St. Croix Overlook
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 4, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 3, 2022, by McGhiever of Minneapolis, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 76 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 3, 2022, by McGhiever of Minneapolis, Minnesota. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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