Johnson Boat Works Site Archaeological Dig
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Demolition that has occurred at the former Johnson Boat Works site in White Bear Lake has exposed numerous remnants of building foundations and associated features. An archaeological survey of the foundations and other building remnants was conducted in an effort to further illustrate the history of the Boat Works business and possibly predecessors from the resort era of White Bear.
A limited number of volunteers had the opportunity to take part in the archaeological work under the supervision of the lead archaeologist and his team. Artifacts collected during the process will be curated by the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society and will assist in telling the story of our area. We look forward to sharing those stories with you through future programs!
Goal: To preserve the White Bear Town Hall and restore the structure to a functional, aesthetically appealing landmark in our community that provides educational opportunities to our students.
The next step in this project is conducting an evaluation of the structure to identify and classify its significance and evaluate the building’s eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places and therefore potential rehabilitation funding.