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

The Stone House / Robert W. Akin

 
 
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By K. Linzmeier, October 24, 2013
1. The Stone House Marker
Inscription.
The Stone House

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.

Akin Riverside Historic Promenade

Robert W. Akin

Robert W. Akin (1871-1920) came to Anoka in 1898 and began working as a cahier in the State Bank. His property a few blocks south of Main Street on the east bank of the Rum River was said to be one of the "most picturesque sites in the city". Mr. Akin raised fruit on his property, but his main interest was banking. He became the president of the Anoka State Bank and devoted much of his time to public affairs. He served on the school board for twelve years, sat on the city council of Anoka for a year, and held the offices of Mayor for three terms.

Mr.
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By K. Linzmeier, October 24, 2013
2. Robert W. Akin Marker
Akin knew the community needed space for its citizens to relax, so he donated some of his land and sold other portions of it to the City of Anoka to become a park. The deed stipulated that the city purchase additional land to create a system of parks in Anoka. Part of the land Riverside Park resides on is land that once belonged to R.W. Akin. His vision of a system of parks in the city has been fulfilled.

Akin Riverside Historic Promenade
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
 
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 south. Touch for map. Marker is along the Rum River in Akin Riverside Park. Marker is in this post office area: Anoka MN 55303, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Perseverance Needed (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 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); Where Cultures Meet (approx.
The Stone House / Robert W. Akin Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, October 24, 2013
3. The Stone House / Robert W. Akin Marker
Akin Riverside Park
0.4 miles away); Bridging the Mississippi (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fireman's Grove (approx. 0.4 miles away); Where Land and Water Meet (approx. 0.4 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 . . .
1. Anoka sorting out future of Rum River stone house. ABC Newspapers. (Submitted on December 18, 2013.) 

2. Future of historic Anoka stone house in limbo. KARE News. (Submitted on December 18, 2013.) 
 
Categories. Man-Made Features
 
Nearby Stone House image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, October 24, 2013
4. Nearby Stone House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 18, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 584 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 18, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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