My son captured this photo, it was taken somewhere around the Minneahaha Falls. I'm not quite sure what the purpose of the outhouse looking building is, but I did notice the door is secured with two slide bolts and two heavy duty pad locks.

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At 4/16/2010 7:21 AM, Blogger Rob said...

Locks on an outhouse?! This eliminates emergency use.

At 4/16/2010 8:28 AM, Blogger Steve C said...

That was my first thought too. Perhaps it is, or was. My son told me there was a big house near this outhouse looking building. I'll have to make a trip there this summer and investigate.

At 5/08/2010 7:57 PM, Blogger DI said...

I believe that it's adjacent to the 1849 John H. Stevens House, which was the first house on what became the Mpls side of St. Anthony Falls. It was moved to the Minnehaha Park area in 1896. I imagine the deadbolts are to prevent vandalism.

At 5/09/2010 11:21 PM, Blogger DI said...

I went by to examine the structure this afternoon. It appears to be of modern construction and I feel is not (and never was) an outhouse. It has no ventilation. (The crescent on the door is black paint.) Since the adjacent John Stevens House was moved to its current location in 1982, I imagine this is a storage shed that was added at the time of the move.

At 5/09/2010 11:35 PM, Blogger Steve C said...

Thanks for the info DI.

I've searched a bit on the internet for what house was there as well, but have not made the trip to the falls yet. I believe there is a statue of John Stevens around the house too.

So the crescent moon is painted on, interesting. Since the house was moved, I can't image why anyone would move the real outhouse as well, so I believe your right that it is modern. I wonder if that is really there to cover up something, like an electrical box or a fire-hydrant?


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