Historic Pierre Bottineau House
Step back in time and explore the restored 1854 Pierre Bottineau House, located near the chalet in Elm Creek Park Reserve. Experience the exhibits that highlight the life and times of the legendary Bottineau. Take part in public programs or schedule a visit and learn how his varied roles as hunter, trader, entrepreneur, and founder of cities impacted Minnesota's early development.
Elm Creek PDF Maps
Find printable maps of the park on the Elm Creek Park Reserve page.
Bottineau House History
Built in 1854, the Bottineau House was the first wood-framed house built in Maple Grove Township. It has been moved at least four times since it was first constructed. In 2009 the house was moved to its current location in Elm Creek, which replicates its historic natural setting.
For most of its life, the house was used as a farm out-building, first as a granary and later for equipment storage. Having been relocated to Elm Creek Park Reserve and restored to its original 1854 appearance, it is used today as an interpretive space to connect park visitors with the life of Pierre Bottineau.