The Bergquist Cabin is the oldest house in Moorhead on its original frontier site. The home was constructed in 1871 by Swedish immigrant John Gustav Bergquist. The Swedish homesteader worked on the railroad, farmed, sold milk door-to-door, and later became a brickmaker using local, Red River clay.
Grandson Dewey Bergquist, former WDAY weatherman, and his son Jim restored the cabin in the 1970s. Now the Bergquist Cabin is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is owned and maintained by HCSCC.
The cabin is located at 1008 7th Street North, Moorhead, MN, which is a conveniently short distance from the Hjemkomst Center, the home of our museum. Soon the City of Moorhead will construct an outdoor trail running directly past the cabin, effectively connecting Viking Ship Park and the Hjemkomst Center with the Bergquist Cabin.
This project has been funded in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Culture Heritage Fund through Minnesota Historical Society. In addition, we would like to recognize the support of Swedish Council of America and individual donors.