History of the Minkler Mansion


Historic Minkler Mansion

The Minkler Mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Mansion is located approximately one-half mile from the North Cascades Scenic Highway in the Town of Lyman, Skagit County, Washington State.  The Mansion is within view of the Skagit River, on a segment of the Skagit listed under the U.S. Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. 

Built in 1891 by pioneer and Washington Senator Birdsey Minkler, the Mansion’s architectural and cultural attributes are regionally significant.  The Mansion has been preserved in nearly original form and finish.  According to structural inspectors retained by the Town, the Mansion is in excellent structural condition.   The Mansion is located well above the Skagit River’s flood plain, and has never been flooded in its 117-year history of existence. 

This is the first time the Mansion has been offered for sale since its construction by Senator Minkler.  The Town of Lyman seeks to capitalize on this rare opportunity, preserving the Mansion in perpetuity as an important historic and cultural landmark.

Pioneer and Founder Birdsey Minkler

Birdsey Minkler settled in Skagit County in 1877, becoming one of the area’s first lumber mill operators.   When Washington State was granted statehood in 1889, Minkler was elected to represent Skagit County in the first state assembly.  In 1906, Minkler was unanimously nominated for the office of state senator, and was re-elected for a second term with a large majority of the vote.  During his tenure in the state senate in 1909, Lyman became a town. Click here to find out more about Senator Minkler.