Blueberry Lake Village Site

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Blueberry Lake Village Site
LocationAddress restricted[2], Blueberry Township, Minnesota
NRHP reference #73000996[1]
Designated October 2, 1973

The Blueberry Lake Village Site (Smithsonian trinomial 21WD6) is a prehistoric Native American archaeological site in Blueberry Township, Minnesota, United States. It consists of a habitation site, possibly seasonal, whose period and duration of occupation is uncertain. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 for having state-level significance in the theme of archaeology.[1][3] It was nominated as one of the few surviving archaeological sites in the Shell River basin of northwestern Wadena County, the region's most conducive zone for prehistoric human habitation.[4]


To the south and southeast of the Blueberry Lake Village Site lies the former basin of Glacial Lake Wadena, a poorly drained area of few lakes that likely provided little in the way of subsistence resources. Human habitation, therefore, was concentrated in the Shell River area, which lies on the southern edge of a large outwash plain extending through half of Hubbard County to the north. This region was characterized by rolling hills and shallow bodies of water, like Blueberry Like, that would have supported abundant stands of wild rice. This region was also usefully situated between the coniferous forest to the north and the deciduous forest and prairie to the south. Additionally the river, which flows through Blueberry Lake, provided a good water transportation corridor between the Crow Wing River and the next drainage basin to the west.[4]


While conducting an archaeological field survey of Wadena County in 1899, Jacob V. Brower documented some mounds near Blueberry Lake. The mounds were later destroyed by plowing. The adjacent village site received a new survey in 1972 which suggested the site may retain its scientifically valuable stratigraphy.[4]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Federal and state laws and practices restrict general public access to information regarding the specific location of this resource. In some cases, this is to protect archeological sites from vandalism, while in other cases it is restricted at the request of the owner. See: Knoerl, John; Miller, Diane; Shrimpton, Rebecca H. (1990), Guidelines for Restricting Information about Historic and Prehistoric Resources, National Register Bulletin (29), National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, OCLC 20706997.
  3. ^ "Blueberry Lake Village Site". Minnesota National Register Properties Database. Minnesota Historical Society. 2009. Retrieved 2015-06-19.
  4. ^ a b c Zeik, Susan; Douglas George (1973-04-12). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory – Nomination Form: Blueberry Lake Village Site". National Park Service.