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Bonanzaville's Houston Mansion gets $6,000 for repairs

The Houston Mansion is a bonanza farm home built by David Houston in 1881 near Hunter, N.D. It was moved to Bonanzaville on Sept. 27, 1971. Submitted photo

WEST FARGO — The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution are giving one of its first North Dakota grants to Bonanzaville.

The national chapter is donating $6,280 for the repair and re-shingling of the roof on the Houston Mansion at Bonanzaville, the Cass County Historical Society said in a release.

The Houston Mansion is a bonanza farm home built by David Houston, a photographic inventor, in 1881 near Hunter, N.D. It was moved to Bonanzaville on Sept. 27, 1971.

Houston patented his first camera in 1867. In 1881 he patented the basic principles of the roll film camera, making it possible for ordinary citizens to carry a camera and make their own photographs.

The DAR award will be matched by the Burgum Kilbourne Foundation. Those funds, which total nearly $50,000, are earmarked for the Houston Mansion and Arthur Town Hall in Bonanzaville.

"We realize that DAR awards grants to deserving applicants that strive to preserve history and we are thrilled to be receiving such a generous donation from DAR," said Executive Director of Cass County Historical Society-Bonanzaville Brenda Warren. "We feel fortunate that they have chosen to assist us in this restoration project."

Renovations at both locations are currently underway.

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