Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota (Images of America Series)

Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota (Images of America Series)


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Known to native peoples for centuries as a sacred place and hunting ground, the ninth largest of Minnesota's 10,000 lakes remained unchanged until its shores were opened to settlement in 1851. The following year, New York promoter George Bertram wrote, "For healthfulness of climate, fertility of soil, beauty of scenery and nearness to markets [it] cannot be surpassed by any other locality in the country, being within twelve or fifteen miles of two of the most important towns in the territory . . . navigable for steam and other boats over forty-one miles, its waters clear as crystal and abounding with fish." Settlers began to flock to Lake Minnetonka's 120 miles of shoreline, clearing the "Big Woods" and building new lives in the wilderness. Soon, the lake became a tourist destination; thousands traveled across the country to stay in its lavish hotels, ride in massive steamboats, and enjoy the lake's beauty.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467113342
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 03/30/2015
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,259,116
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.10(d)

About the Author

For the first time, the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka, Wayzata, and Westonka Historical Societies have collaborated to illustrate the history of "lake life" using their extensive archival and photographic resources. Images of America: Lake Minnetonka takes readers on a journey around the lake with many never-before-published photographs: from posed professional shots to family candid images that record everyday life right down to the smirk on a young boy's face.

Table of Contents

About the Authors 6

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Homesteads and Namesakes 9

2 Spires and Towers 33

3 By Water, Wheel, and Rail 55

4 The Lure of the Lake 75

5 Cultivating Commerce and Community Life 99

Bibliography 126

About the Organizations 127

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