Nelimark Sauna

Nelimark Sauna (HM20EJ)

Location: Embarrass, MN 55732 St. Louis County
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Country: United States of America
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N 47° 39.763', W 92° 11.751'

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The most characteristic feature of the Finnish homestead is the sauna (pronounced "sow-na"), a place for family and friends to share what they considered to be the "well spring" of life and health. To Finnish homesteaders, the sauna was more than a bath house. It was also used for washing and drying clothes, baking and cooking, butchering and smoking meat and even as a spare bedroom for guests. The sauna was typically the first building built on the farmstead where the family lived until the "big house" was built.

The log sauna of Erick and Kristina Elizabeth Nelimark, built in the 1930's, was the largest sauna in the Embarrass community. It was a simple little structure, easy to build with poplar or pine logs readily available in the surrounding forests. The Nelimark sauna was built with hand-hewn log walls joined in the corners with double-notch joints (ristinurkka or sahanurkka).

National Register of Historic Places
HM NumberHM20EJ
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Date Added Friday, August 4th, 2017 at 7:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 560375 N 5279126
Decimal Degrees47.66271667, -92.19585000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 47° 39.763', W 92° 11.751'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds47° 39' 45.78" N, 92° 11' 45.06" W
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Area Code(s)218
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4821 Salo Rd, Embarrass MN 55732, US
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