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Mound in Hennepin County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

SurfSide Park

City of Mound

 
 
SurfSide Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, September 1, 2012
1. SurfSide Park Marker
[southwest side of marker]
Inscription. Mound's "Surfside Park & Beach" was platted in 1881 and consists of two parcels. Little is known of its history until 1935, when the northerly parcel was purchased for $350. The southerly parcel consists of five lots. Four of the lots were purchased for a total of $2001 in 1940, and the remaining lot was purchased for $1000 in 1962.

The park's earliest neighbor to the east, the Chapman House Hotel, was homesteaded in 1881. The hotel was located where Chapman Place Condominiums are located today. The park parcel was part of the original plat that extended all the way around the north shore of Cooks Bay to Island Park. Land was so cheap and people so scarce in the 1880's that the Chapman's (Arthur, Seymour and Sumner) advertised they would "give a lakeshore lot on Cooks Bay to anyone who would build a permanent home on it and live here year around".

After the 1920's, when the Chapman House Hotel closed, Mrs. Hattie Chapman Taylor rebuilt the boathouse associated with the famous hotel into an attraction for the younger people in the area. It offered bowling, billiards, food and beverage on the first floor and roller skating with music on the second floor. She named it "The GlenIsle Casino." The name "GlenIsle" didn't stick, but the name "Casino" did until the early 1960's. At that time the Casino
SurfSide Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, September 1, 2012
2. SurfSide Park Marker
[northeast side of marker with duplicate text]
was purchased by Bob and Joan Smeasteadt, who renamed it "The Surfside."

With each new owner, from 1963 through 1984, the Surfside kept gaining popularity, from Mound to Minneapolis. Because of that popularity as an entertainment destination, the park also became known as Surfside, regardless of the official name of the park at any point in time.

Over the years the area occupied by the park has been referred to as: Village Park, Village Park on Cooks Bay, Mound Bay Park on Cooks Bay, and Mound Park on Cooks Bay. It was known as Mound Bay Park from 1963 through October 2011 when, through the efforts of many, and led by local historian Tom Rockvam, the name was changed to match the name that was most frequently used: Surfside Park & Beach. Dedication of the name and monument took place on July 21, 2012 — the year in which Mound celebrated 100 years!
 
Erected 2012.
 
Location. 44° 55.753′ N, 93° 40.224′ W. Marker is in Mound, Minnesota, in Hennepin County. Marker is on Bartlett Boulevard (County Road 110) 0.7 miles south of Lynwood Boulevard (County Road 15), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mound MN 55364, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this
SurfSide Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, September 1, 2012
3. SurfSide Park Marker
[northeast side of marker]
marker, measured as the crow flies. Minnetonka -- Queen of the Inland Lakes (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 9/11 Memorial (approx. mile away); Veterans Monument (approx. 0.7 miles away); Peter M. Gideon and the Wealthy Apple (approx. 4.2 miles away); Peter M. Gideon (approx. 4.3 miles away); Geology of Lake Minnetonka (approx. 5.4 miles away); In Honor of All Who Served and Those Who Died (approx. 5.6 miles away); Soldiers Memorial (approx. 5.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mound.
 
Also see . . .
1. City of Mound, Minnesota. About Us: Community Profile & History of Community. (Submitted on October 22, 2012.) 

2. Mound, Minnesota. Wikipedia entry. "Mound is the birthplace of the Tonka truck, named after Lake Minnetonka." (Submitted on October 22, 2012.) 

3. Westonka Historical Society. Chapman House on Lake Minnetonka, Mound, Minnesota. (Submitted on October 22, 2012.) 
 
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SurfSide Park and Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, September 1, 2012
4. SurfSide Park and Marker
[southwest side of marker]
SurfSide Park image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, September 1, 2012
5. SurfSide Park
Cooks Bay
Lake Minnetonka
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 617 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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