Marine on St. Croix in Washington County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Early Settler's Cabin
Swedish immigrant Sven Anderson built this early settler's cabin in 1852; some of the cabin logs still show the marks from the axe, which squared them. Sven and his wife Stava raised three children in this cabin, and it was their home until 1869. Their first son, Charles, was born May 12, 1858 – one day after Minnesota became a state. Sven Anderson is credited with bringing the first cattle to this area, as well as being one of the first wheat farmers.
For the 1938 Marine centennial celebration, the cabin was moved to the village from its original site, The Rosengren Prairie, approximately two miles northwest of here. It is on the property that was owned by the Burris family since 1895, when Marine was known as Marine Mills. Adjacent to the cabin is the mill stream that served as a source of water power for the first commercial sawmill in the state. After the Marine centennial celebration, Tom Burris acquired the cabin and used it as a workshop in which he built boats. The cabin remained in the Burris family until the property was sold to the City of Marine in 1997. Villagers commonly refer to the cabin as "Uncle Tom's
In 1998, thanks to contributions from the descendants of Sven Anderson, Institutional donors, and local residents, this old cabin was completely renovated and restored as the "Early Settler's Cabin" it once was, with its square-timbers dovetailed corners, and hand-cut cedar shake roof. The cabin stands today to remind us of a way of life that was part of Marine Township. The first Swedish immigrants to this area were loggers, laborers, and farmers. They had a great love for their community and family, and help build and sustain Marine and its neighboring communities throughout the years.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Architecture • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1972.
Location. 45° 11.818′ N, 92° 46.136′ W. Marker is in Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota, in Washington County. Marker is on Judd Street, 0.1 miles south of Maple Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marine on Saint Croix MN 55047, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Minnesota's First Commercial Sawmill (within shouting distance of this marker); Powerhouse and Kiln (within shouting distance of this marker); Marine Mill Site (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Pineries are GoneBoom, Then Bust (about 400 feet away); Marine (about 500 feet away); Technological Revolution (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Marine (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marine on St. Croix.
Also see . . .
1. The City of Marine on St. Croix. (Submitted on July 14, 2011.)
2. Washington County Historical Society. History of Marine on St. Croix. (Submitted on July 14, 2011.)
3. Marine on St. Croix. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on July 14, 2011.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 14, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,198 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on June 11, 2018, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 14, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.