What Is/Was it?

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I've never gotten close enough to this structure to find out exactly what it is. It is located on a "dead loop" of the Mouse River. The dead loops were created after the 1969 flood. In an effert to avoid another flood like the one in 1969 they straightend out portions of the winding river so flood waters would pass through the City without harm (a good plan but not good enough for the flood of 2011).

At first I assumed it was an old bridge footing but there is no similiar structure on the other bank so it may not be a good assumption. Do you have any ideas as to what it is?

UPDATE

I checked with Ron Merritt,Director of Minot Park District (whom I just had a radio interview with) and it may have been the Bear Castle pictured below. The face of the park changed greatly when they rechanneled the river as mentioned below. Also I miss reported... it is not on a dead loop but on the bank of the "newly" cut river.

Bears Castle

 Roosevely Garden

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Janice Zaltman
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Who use to live on that land? It would be fun to find out. County records...historical records? 

Jun 19, 2017 07:02 PM #1
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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No clue on this one....an air of mystery in this picture !

Jun 19, 2017 11:47 PM #2
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James Dray
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Good morning Bob.  My WAG is because it is near a body of water, I would assume it had to do with storage of perishable goods.  The water would provide a cool environment for storage.  There you have it

Jun 20, 2017 02:01 AM #3
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Kat Palmiotti
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It looks like there are train tracks right behind it. Could it have been used by the railroad crews? 

Jun 20, 2017 03:16 AM #4
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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Perhaps this was a grist mill, or a pump station for a water supply. Then again, if Sandy and I was living there, it would be my Man Cave!

Jun 20, 2017 04:28 AM #5
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Nina Hollander
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Hi Bob... my initial reaction was the same as yours, but then what do I know?

Jun 20, 2017 05:42 AM #6
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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I think the clue left in comment #5 by Sandy and Norm Padula is likely the closest to being correct!

Jun 20, 2017 06:06 AM #7
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
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Me too Myrl Jeffcoat I believe Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386 nailed it.

Jun 20, 2017 07:33 AM #8
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Kasey & John Boles
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Norm is probably right. I even lime his man cave idea. But I would want to hang out in it too. -Kasey

Jun 20, 2017 09:15 AM #9
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Belinda Spillman
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Looks like a bear shelter to me.  I bet there are some fun creatures setting home in this place.  I would stay away!

Jun 20, 2017 09:50 AM #10
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
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You may have nailed it Belinda Spillman . I am posting an update above in a minute.

Jun 20, 2017 10:42 AM #11
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Janice Zaltman
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Bob "RealMan" Timm It makes sense that it was occupied prior to them re-directing the river. Like Sandy and Norm said above...could have been a pump station. If the bears occupied, it cool...did they build it also?  

Jun 20, 2017 11:14 AM #12
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
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Maybe Janice Hope Zaltman LEED AP , if they were Yogi's ancesters ("smarter than your average bear").

Jun 20, 2017 11:20 AM #13
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Kat Palmiotti
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Wow, that is interesting. Thanks for the update! I guess now the bears just run wild.... :-)

Jun 20, 2017 01:38 PM #14
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Very interesting!  So, it was part of a zoo, or park?  I would have never guessed!

Jun 21, 2017 07:48 AM #15
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
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The kids and I went to investigat further last night Myrl Jeffcoat and I'm not convinced that this actually was part of the bear castle pictured above. More people are checking on it now that I've brought it up to the City.

Jun 21, 2017 08:32 AM #16
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We live with things and then all of a sudden we wonder about the origin. Maybe more will surface about it.

Jun 23, 2017 05:49 PM #17
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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I hope so Debbie Reynolds . I went down to the bank of the river and I'm pretty sure it's not the bear castle. I hope I have peaked the interest of the newspaper so they investigate it further.

Jun 23, 2017 06:53 PM #18
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