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Two unique buildings in Kellogg now listed on National Register of Historic Places

By: - February 23, 2022 4:00 am
The Miner’s Hat

The Miner’s Hat, a former diner and drive-in built in Kellogg in 1940, has been officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places. (Courtesy of the Idaho State Historical Society)

Two of Kellogg’s unique and recognizable historical buildings are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, according to a press release from the Idaho State Historical Society.

The Miner’s Hat, originally built as a diner and drive-in in Kellogg in 1940, and the Kellogg Boy Scout Cabin, built for the Boy Scouts and other youth organizations in 1945, were listed on the register in September, the press release said.

The Miner’s Hat, now home to Miner’s Hat Realty, is an example of programmatic roadside architecture, which was popular in America from the 1920s through the 1950s, said Jason Tippeconnic Fox, the national register coordinator at the State Historic Preservation Office. That kind of architecture combines innovative building shapes and advertising to attract the attention of passing motorists on busy thoroughfares.

Mary Etta Page and her two daughters opened the restaurant in 1940, and it continued to operate under several owners until the late 1960s when the building became a real estate office, the press release said.

Kellogg Boy Scout Cabin
The Idaho State Historic Preservation Office announced that the Kellogg Boy Scout Cabin is now listed in the National
Register of Historic Places. (Courtesy of the Idaho State Historical Society)

“Despite alterations, the Miner’s Hat retains enough integrity of its original design to be identifiable as a unique piece of programmatic architecture and is one of the few surviving examples in Idaho,” the press release said.

Located at 300 E. Cameron Ave., along what was once U.S. Highway 10, the Miner’s Hat is still beloved by local residents and Idaho Panhandle travelers alike.

The Boy Scout Cabin, located in Kellogg City Park and owned by the city of Kellogg, was constructed as part of a memorial park to honor 51 residents who died in World War II, according to the release. The Kellogg American Legion Post spearheaded the cabin’s construction, contracting Finnish carpenters from nearby Cataldo to build it from logs discarded from the Bunker Hill Mine.

Dedicated during the 1946 Miner’s Picnic, the cabin remains the headquarters of the local Cub Scout troop and is used by the Girl Scouts and other community organizations.

“It is significant for its association with the Boy Scouts of America and that organization’s social impact on the lives of young men in the local community and across the United States,” Tippeconnic Fox said in the release.

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Christina Lords
Christina Lords

Christina Lords is the editor-in-chief of the Idaho Capital Sun and has been a professional journalist covering local and state government since graduating from the University of Idaho in 2009. A Pocatello native, Lords is a fifth-generation Idahoan who served as a reporter at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News and the Post Register in Idaho Falls and served as assistant editor for the Idaho Press in Nampa. She also led the Idaho Statesman in Boise for two years before turning to nonprofit journalism.