Local Nationally Historic Places 23 Feb 12

The Berg Hotel in Sleepy Eye and the Gaylord City Park have both been added to the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service. The three-story Berg Hotel was built in 1899 and advertised as the only first class hotel in the City of Sleepy Eye. It accommodated travelers with a dining room that served as an informal community center, hosting civic and social organizations. It’s addition to the National Register of Historic Places opens up the potential for state Legacy grants plus federal and state tax credits to help maintain the building and keep it structurally sound. The Gaylord City Park has hosted special events since around the turn of the 20th Century, when it was known as “The Grove.” The park now includes a pavilion, a dance hall built in 1916, a 1940 band shell, picnic shelters, civic monuments, a WPA-era bridge and culvert, a Veterans Memorial that was erected in 2000, a baseball park, and the many trees that have been planted over the years.