A Minnesota estate rumored to have buried gold is for sale

The property in Grand Marais was once owned by a Civil War colonel who stopped trusting banks.

Property that may have buried gold on it is for sale in northern Minnesota. 

The three-bedroom, 1.5-bath home that overlooks Lake Superior near Grand Marais went on the market in July. 

It could be yours for $268,000. But if legend is true, the property may be worth a lot more.

Apparently William J. Colvill – a Union colonel who led the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry in the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War – stopped trusting banks later in his life. So he used a sled dog to bring his gold to the property where he then buried it, a news release from the son of the family who built the current home says.

Cook County History says Colvill – who was born in New York but moved to Red Wing, Minnesota Territory in 1854 to practice law – came to the homestead near Grand Marais in 1894, after his wife died. 

He lived there for about six years before returning to Red Wing, the website notes. He died in 1905.

Colvill also served as the Minnesota Attorney General from 1866-1868 and was a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives

Home of the 'Wildflower Lady'

The home that's for sale was built by Lorraine Anderson – also known as the "Wildflower Lady" – and her husband in 1981. 

Anderson's passion for wildflowers has been followed internationally on BoundaryWatersCanoeArea.com, as well as in books she authored, the release says. 

And that passion can be seen at the home, which has numerous gardens and an attached greenhouse.

The release notes Anderson was also known as "Leather Lor" for her work making leather dolls, purses and puppets. That's represented in the house too – one of the doors has characters carved into the wood resembling some of her leather dolls.

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