15. Mingus Homestead

Mile marker 8.9, Highway 165

 A Scandinavian master builder constructed this enduring homestead in 1908. It is said he bragged that the house was built so well he could you could hold water. The tight dovetailed corners show his excellent workmanship. The building was home to Al Mingus, his wife and two daughters. Mingus farmed about 35 of the 160 acres he owned. A local story recounts Mrs. Mingus dying in childbirth during the winter. Al couldn't get her body out because of the snow, so he put her upstairs for two weeks until he could move the body by sleigh down to Beulah.