Andy Gibson Excavation & NRHP Nomination
A project of: Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants Program
Maritime Heritage Minnesota
As preparation for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places, MHM gathered data (drawings, photographs and measurements) of the dry nautical portion (approximately 25%) of the sternwheel steamer, The Andy Gibson. A trench was dug alongside of the steamer to expose the condition of the portion of the steamer covered by 3-4 feet of soil. Triangulation and measured drawings were used to document the ships construction attributes. A NR nomination was prepared incorporating this new information with older information that was gathered from previous fieldwork.
This project increased the knowledge of Minnesota-built sternwheel steamers that provided transport and cargo shipment for Aitkin County in the late 19th Century.