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T. J. Walker Historic District and Rural School

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c. 1885. 136 Mill Rd.
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

The T. J. Walker Historic District is a complex of structures associated with pioneer miller and merchant Tyler James Walker. These buildings include the remains of a mill and adjacent dam, a 1953 dam, a store, a house, a large barn, and an ice storage building. The timber-frame Walker Mill is the only remaining water-driven mill in North Dakota of an estimated twenty that were built in the state between 1875 and 1900.

The Walker house is a two-story T-plan, gabled wood-frame building with Queen Anne elements. The house’s gable end includes a two-story semi-hexagonal bay window with diagonal siding that contrasts with the horizontal lap siding. Wooden pendants adorn the eaves of the hipped-roof window bay, surmounted by a sunrise motif in radiating lap siding that fills the gabled end. The gabled two-story bank barn is built into the hillside north of the house. Its lower walls are of quarry-faced fieldstone and the upper level is one of the few North Dakota barns built of heavy wood beams with mortise-and-tenon joints fixed with wooden pegs. A cupola with a bellcast finial ventilates the warm, moist air. Nearby are two related significant buildings: Standing Rock Lutheran Church (c. 1890) and Fort Ransom (c. 1915) rural school, which is attributed to Hancock Brothers.

Writing Credits

Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay



Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "T. J. Walker Historic District and Rural School", [Fort Ransom, North Dakota], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of North Dakota

Buildings of North Dakota, Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 58-58.

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