St. Cloud Parks & Recreation, Minnesota
Land acquisition and improvements to River Bluffs Regional Park necessitated two Phase I surveys. Bolton & Menk located a previous archaeological survey report that was never reviewed by the State Historic Preservation Office or the Office of the State Archaeologist. That survey identified two archaeological sites which were located along the proposed trail. Bolton & Menk archaeologists identified two additional archaeological sites along the proposed routes of the trails, consisting of large volumes of early 20th Century waste and debris.
Through coordination with the city, a trail was re-routed in order to avoid two of the archaeological sites. Research into one early 20th Century waste site indicated more than 260 tons of waste in that location had been removed and the site was not eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.