511 Reeves - A Bed & Breakfast

511 Reeves Drive, Grand Forks, North Dakota 58201
Innkeeper(s): Bill & Wanda Graveline

Table Of Contents

  • Introduction

    511 Reeves - A Bed & Breakfast - Grand Forks, North Dakota511 Reeves Bed & Breakfast is located in the historic district of Grand Forks where the streets are lined with the beautiful and majestic American Elm trees just one block off the Red River of the North.

    Guests can enjoy any of three spacious guest rooms. Each room is individually decorated with antiques to create a warm and comfortable atmosphere. The guests are welcome in the formal living room, with a fireplace on a cold winter's night or you can sip a glass of lemonade on the front porch on a warm summer afternoon.


    Each morning a full breakfast is served in the dining room. Breakfast includes many delectable entrees and goodies served on china, crystal and gleaming silver.

    511 Reeves - A Bed & Breakfast breakfast

    The Inn is located within walking distance to the newly restored downtown.
    New additions are:
    The County Court House.
    Eateries and coffee houses.
    Saloons with nightly entertainment.
    Antique shops and speciality stores.
    The Financial Center with ramp parking.
    Empire arts Center, complete restoration.
    Cabela's, 2 60,000 sq ft retail outfitter.
    Riverwalk Center; speciality shops & River Cinema with 10 theatres.
    In 10 minutes you can be on campus at the University of North Dakota, the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Studies, and the ND Museum of Art.
    Just 17 minutes to Columbia Mall
    12 minutes to Altru Hospital.
    Whatever your reason for visiting our city, whether it be on business or for pleasure or perhaps just passing through, we hope that 511 Reeves Bed & Breakfast will become your "new" favorite destination.


    For itineray ideas....Make the most of your stay in Grand Forks
    • One day visits.....half day visits
    • Did you say golf?
    • Arts and crafts?
    • do you like sports?
    • Explore Downtown, only 7 blocks away

    New to Grand Forks:
    University Village Complex, Ralph Engelstad (12,000 seats) Ice Hockey Arena for the UND Sioux hockey team and Student Health Center; Downtown speciality shops and eateries; The Aleras Convention Center; King's Walk (Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course).


    We look forward to meeting you!

    Your hosts, Bill and Wanda Graveline, have lived in Grand Forks for over 40 years. "Our families have lived in North Dakota for over 125 years. We invite you to share in the warmth and comfort of our home and the hospitality of true North Dakotans."

  • History

    Les Grande Fourches - It was the fork of two rivers, the Red River of the North and the Red Lake River, a rendezvous point marked on the map by the French fur trappers as early as the 1740's. The Native Americans peddled their wares to the French, British, and the American fur tradders. The Hudson Bay Company of Montreal and John Jacob Astor's American Fur company were among the posts set up here. Trade goods passed through the Forks on ox carts en route to Fort Garry (Winnipeg) and Fort Abercrombie (Wahpeton). On June 15, 1870, the government established the first post office at this location and the French les Grande Fourches became the English Grand Forks.

    The steamboats came around 1859 and replaced the ox carts. They navigated the rivers in only three feet of water and were the transportation of cargo between St. Paul and Fort Garry. They carried passengers as well as goods. Alexander Griggs, an experienced Mississippi River steamboat captain, was forced to tie up at the fork when his crew became intoxicated drinking a keg of beer that had been lost earlier in an accident on the river. An early freeze made it impossible for them to continue on. It is said that, "Griggs reconnoitered the site along the river and took possession of a quarter section of land which became the town site." Grand Forks was platted in 1875 and Alexander Griggs became known as the "Father" of Grand Forks.

    Griggs teamed up with the railroad tycoon James J. Hill in 1872 and formed the Red River Transportation Line. The city began to grow with the coming of the railroad in 1880 and business began its boom. The railroad brought people to the city and the farmlands. Wheat farms were the basis or prosperity and in 1893 Thomas Amidon, chief miller at the Diamond Mill, invented Cream of Wheat. The city became part of the national breakfast legend.

    By 1900, Grand Forks had a population of almost 10,000. The city's wealth came from the lumber, wheat, and railroad. the University of North Dakota formed in 1883 providing premium liberal arts education. Grand Forks grew as a regional trade center in the early 20th century. With the success of the railroad, the steamboat business eroded and by 1891 Captain Griggs had moved to the state of Washington.

    In 1901, Lois "LuLu' Griggs Pringle, the daughter of Captain Griggs, and her husband William, a banker, built a 12-room home at 141 Reeves Ave. (later 511 Reeves Drives). "One of the finest modern residences in the city with a brick basement, finished hardwoods and Georgia pine and heated by steam, with the latest modern improvements," it was reported by the Herald. It has arched gables and a wrap around porch and the plans are thought to be among those from Keith's Magazine on Home Building by Walter Jewett Keith, the Minneapolis architect. the Pringles and their family left the area in 1904, possibly going to Washington to run the steamboat business and "The William Pringle" that her father left behind after his death in 1903.

    Bill and Wanda Graveline are the sixth family to reside here. In 1991 511 Reeves opened its doors and its history to guests.