Dawson Armory and Community Building

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    The Dawson Armory was built in 1923 as a center for the National Guard to train as well as a community center that served as the center for city government and recreation.  The Armory was funded as part of a build-up of National Guard units following WWI when 23 armories were funded by the State of Minnesota.  Prior to this, armories were funded privately, and therefore used as community centers.  The Dawson Armory continues this tradition despite being state-funded.  To this end, Dawson contributed an additional $20,000 in order to add public recreational facilities that were not approved in the state bonding.  The unit that drilled in the armory was Company K of the Fifth Minnesota Infantry, which consisted of 89 personnel at the construction of the armory.  As National Guard unit sizes and the amount of equipment needed increased following WWII, most armories built in the same period were considered insufficient and either modified or demolished.  The Dawson Armory remained active until 1992, when the Minnesota National Guard was restructured.  The building currently houses the Dawson Public Library and Heritage Court Apartments.

Contact:
Site Address: 676 Pine St., Dawson, MN, 56262
Phone: 320-769-2069

Hours:
Monday and Thursday: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. (closed 1 - 1:30 p.m.)
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (closed 1 - 1:30 p.m.)
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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