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A Dozen Great Feature Stories About Lake Minnetonka History

From the archives: Steamboats, Big Island, Cottagewood, sailing and more.

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All stories linked in this post were authored by Stephanie Larsen and appeared as part of her "Time Capsule" series.

Just a few samples:

The Evolution of Big Island on Lake Minnetonka: In the early 1880s, the Dakota inhabited Big Island on Lake Minnetonka. The 273-acre island was discovered by settlers in 1852. Judge Bradley B. Meeker, the namesake of Meeker County, squatted on Big Island in 1852. In 1856, brothers W.B. and John Morse purchased Big Island.

The Cottagewood General Store: A Tradition Since 1895: In 1876, Cottagewood in Deephaven was platted by Susan and Samuel Gale. Gale was a Minneapolis real estate agent and civic leader. Today, Cottagewood remains a vibrant small community tucked along the shore of Lake Minnetonka.

Steamboats Dot Bottom of Lake Minnetonka: Many southerners came here to escape the heat, while others believed the lake breezes could help with health ailments. Others from across the country appreciated it for its simple beauty.

Click here to read more stories by Stephanie Larsen about Lake Minnetonka's history.

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