The Reformatory Wall at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud MN

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Picture of the St Cloud reformatory wall from the Stearns County History Museum

The Reformatory Wall at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Saint Cloud

The Minnesota Correctional Facility in Saint Cloud MN a level four, close-security institution. This might seem like a strange thing to include in the list of wonderful reasons to love Saint Cloud and Central MN, but it is a definite part of the landscape in our society and here in Saint Cloud. The prison provides a needed service, offers good jobs in the area and has some bragging rights based on its construction and design.

Hwy 10 as a dirt road next to the prison in Saint Cloud MNThe Minnesota Correctional Facility campus is 240 acres, 40 acres of the land was originally a solid granite ledge. The Facility was built in 1889, and is the site of the first granite quarry in the state. The quarry opened in 1868 and in 1885 when the legislators needed to find a place to build a reformatory they wanted a site that included one of the states quarries. The east St. Cloud, Sherburne County site was chosen in 1887 and was said to contain enough granite to keep convicts busy for hundreds of years.

 

The Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud MN 2010The inmates mined the granite for commercial use until 1891, when pressure from the surrounding quarries mounted and the legislature decided to have the inmates build a granite wall for the prison. The original wall made of 16ft high oak planks would not survive as well as a granite wall and there was plenty of excellent material and labor.

The Reformatory Wall at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Saint Cloud is 22 feet high, 4 feet wide at the base tapering to 3 feet wide at the top. When completed, in 1922, the Reformatory Wall formed an amazing mile and 1/2 enclosure. The wall was quarried, dressed and laid completely by the inmates of the prison. The tailings, scrap and remnants from the building process were used as crushed stone for highways, this continued until about 1930.

The Saint Cloud Reformatory Wall The Saint Cloud Minnesota Correctional Facility's Reformatory Walls claims to fame include:

  • the second longest connected wall in the United States,
  • the largest granite wall in the United States
  • one of the most extensive outlays of granite in the United States
  • the longest wall in the world built entirely by penal labor

Currently on Highway 10, at the intersection with Minnesota Boulevard, the state is installing a new traffic light. Instead of driving by at 60 MPH it will now be easier for people traveling on Hwy 10 to really take a look at the massive structure that is the Reformatory Wall at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Saint Cloud.   

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Wow, Steve, that is some pretty cool history!  The correctional facility is definately an imposing building but at the same time absolutely gorgeous.  Great local post!

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September 18, 2010 02:09 PM
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Steve:  Okay, I'll admit I began reading this one with a bit of trepidation.  This is really very unique and interesting and a terrific Localism Post!  I've got to say, this could very well set the hook for a buyer looking for an agent with in-depth knowledge of the area.  Way to go!!!

September 18, 2010 06:43 PM
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Suzanne McLaughlin
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Steve, this one and the last are both sites that we have wondered about on out trips "up north".  Thanks for the great Localism posts! 

September 18, 2010 10:45 PM
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Craig Croaston

Hi,  I was a youth football player in the early 70's.   I played for a team call the Barton Bronco's.  We were from Brooklyn Center, Mn.   And we played a game for the inmates on the exercise yard in the prison.   Ive been looking for information and photos of the game.   I was wondering if any exist?   Or where I mite be able to find this information and photos.  Thank You.

 

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Steve Baklaich
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Hi Craig,

I looked through my books that might have had the information you are looking for and did not find anything on the game. I will continue to keep my eye out for any pictures.

I would suggest the Stearns County History Museum (even though the prison is over the line in Sherburne they are still an excellent resource for St Cloud information) 

http://www.stearns-museum.org/pages/Resources/

Best of luck,

Steve

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