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

Christmas Lake

 
 
Christmas Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Martha Decker, May 31, 2010
1. Christmas Lake Marker
Inscription. Named for Charles W. Christmas, first county surveyor of Hennepin County, elected in 1852, who platted the original town site of Minneapolis for John H. Stevens and Franklin Steele. This lake and Lake Minnetonka now occupy what in pre-glacial times was part of the channel of the Mississippi River near its junction with the pre-glacial Minnesota River.
 
Erected 1941 by Minnesota Historical Society/Minnesota Dept. of Highways. (Marker Number HE-SHC-022.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 44° 54.372′ N, 93° 32.232′ W. Marker is in Shorewood, Minnesota, in Hennepin County. Marker is on State Highway 7, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. The marker and remains of the southern part of the historic wayside can no longer be accessed directly from MN Highway 7. If you turn south at the Old Market Road stoplight, the area can be accessed via Broms Blvd/Radisson Rd. Marker is in this post office area: Excelsior MN 55331, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Soldiers Memorial (approx. one mile away); In Honor of All Who Served and Those Who Died
Christmas Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Martha Decker, May 31, 2010
2. Christmas Lake Marker
(approx. 1.3 miles away); Geology of Lake Minnetonka (approx. 1.4 miles away); Peter M. Gideon (approx. 2.6 miles away); Peter M. Gideon and the Wealthy Apple (approx. 2.7 miles away); Wayzata Depot (approx. 4.5 miles away); Veterans Monument (approx. 6.6 miles away); SurfSide Park (approx. 6.7 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker is part of a once grand NYA-built roadside parking area along what is now MN Highway 7. According to the Minnesota highway department's Roadside Development Division's annual report for 1938: "The construction of this development was begun in the spring of 1937 and presents a complete roadside parking area and picnic grounds which includes council ring, fireplaces, picnic tables, athletic field and shelter house, together with an historic marker."

The rustic depression-era council ring, well enclosure, crumbled fireplace, and historical marker still remain on the south side of Minnesota Highway 7. On the north side of the highway (accessible via Excelsior Blvd.), there are also remains of parts the park, mainly the overlook wall.

A "Lake Minnetonka Region" geological
Council Ring image. Click for full size.
By Martha Decker, April 30, 2009
3. Council Ring
Depression-era Council Ring at the Christmas Lake Roadside Parking Area. In the background across the highway, you can see the retaining wall that was also part of this Roadside Parking Area.
marker, erected in 1953, regarding the ancient channel of the Mississippi River and how glaciation changed it was also formerly located on this site. According to MNDOT, the geological marker was moved in about 1995 to the Excelsior Commons area in Excelsior, Minnesota (west of this site) but it was replaced in 1998 with a new, more detailed, marker. The fate of the original marker is unknown.
 
Also see . . .
1. MNDOT's Historic Roadside Development Structures Inventory Sheet. (Submitted on June 14, 2010, by Martha Decker of Shakopee, Minnesota.)
2. Photo of the Missing Geological Marker. (Submitted on June 14, 2010, by Martha Decker of Shakopee, Minnesota.)
 
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Well Enclosure image. Click for full size.
By Martha Decker, April 30, 2009
4. Well Enclosure
Rustic NYA-built well enclosure at the Christmas Lake Roadside Parking Area
Christmas Lake Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Martha Decker, May 29, 2009
5. Christmas Lake Overlook
Across Minn Hwy 7 from the historical marker on Excelsior Blvd, there is a pullout and retaining wall that was also part of the Christmas Lake Roadside Parking Area.
View from the Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Martha Decker, May 29, 2009
6. View from the Overlook
View of the Christmas Lake RPA Council Ring and Historical Marker from the pullout on the north side of Minn Hwy 7. Council Ring can be seen on the hill towards the left, marker is down the hill towards the right.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Martha Decker of Shakopee, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 1,379 times since then and 50 times this year. Last updated on , by Martha Decker of Shakopee, Minnesota. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Martha Decker of Shakopee, Minnesota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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