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Anoka in Anoka County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Stone House

Akin Riverside Historic Promenade

 
 
The Stone House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By K. Linzmeier, October 24, 2013
1. The Stone House Marker
Inscription.  
Three stone houses were built during the 1920's by Thaddeus P. Giddings (1969-1954). Giddings was the Supervisor of Music for the Minneapolis Schools and founder of the National Music Camp in Interlachen, Michigan. The stone houses were part of the landscaping of Giddings' home and were places for the family to enjoy the river.

One house was located just north of the Eastman (Windego Park) Amphitheater. The other two were located on an island in the Rum River south of the Main Street Bridge. Only one house has survived the river and time. The City of Anoka is preserving it for future generations.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureArts, Letters, MusicEntertainmentParks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the Minnesota Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1898.
 
Location. 45° 11.847′ N, 93° 23.491′ W. Marker is in Anoka, Minnesota, in Anoka County. Marker can be reached from 1st Avenue south of East Main Street, on the right when traveling
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south. Marker is along the Rum River in Akin Riverside Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Anoka MN 55303, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Robert W. Akin (here, next to this marker); Father Louis Hennepin's Exploration in 1680 (within shouting distance of this marker); Perseverance Needed (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Windego Park Auditorium (about 500 feet away); The Gathering Place (about 600 feet away); Why Settle Here? / Time to Play (about 600 feet away); Rum River Dam (approx. 0.2 miles away); Aaron Greenwald (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anoka.
 
More about this marker. photo captions:
Stone house. Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society.
• Mr. Robert W. Akin. Courtesy of the Anoka County Historical Society.
 
Also see . . .  Anoka sorting out future of Rum River stone house. ABC Newspapers. (Submitted on December 18, 2013.) 
 
The Stone House / Robert W. Akin Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By K. Linzmeier, October 24, 2013
2. The Stone House / Robert W. Akin Marker
Akin Riverside Park
Nearby Stone House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By K. Linzmeier, October 24, 2013
3. Nearby Stone House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 18, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,953 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 18, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

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