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Is there a story behind these houses?

Last night while driving on Arrowhead Road, I came upon a series of brick houses that all look alike. They are around Stebner Road and seem to be built in the 30s or 40s. They all seem to be on an acre or so of land and look identical. It seems that since they appear to be built in the 30s or 40s, they would have been out in the country when they were new. Was this an old housing development, kit houses or anything interesting or just a developer with one design?

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akjuneau

about 10 years ago

They're Jackson Project houses from the Great Depression. Here is one article about them:

MPR News: Jackson Project residents celebrate 70 years

You can find lots more info via a Google search.

Patsy

about 10 years ago

Mary Murphy, the state Representative, still lives in her family home in the Jackson project.  They are very attractive homes, I think.  And, I like the way they are all on nice wooded lots.  So much nicer than today's planned communities.

markm

about 10 years ago

Perfect!  Thanks for the information.

Jeff

about 10 years ago

Funny!  I biked by them monday and was wondering the same thing!  Interesting info.

wildgoose

about 10 years ago

There is a display of Hermantown history at the Hermantown Federal Credit Union.  I spent a couple of days there for a training once.  It is a moderately interesting exhibit of local history.  A lot of times people think of so-called suburban communities similarly to leeches or suckers that get attached to larger urban areas, but in many cases they are actually communities with their own history and identity and the urban areas grow to them ...

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