Minneapolis in Hennepin County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
2217 East Lake: Axel's Lunch Room
The Museum in the Streets: Minneapolis, Minnesota
— 27th and Lake: Industry and Transportation Infrastructure —
In 1911, Axel Anderson established his lunchroom to serve railroad and streetcar workers employed at the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad yards, located just a few blocks to the north and at the Lake Street Station of the Twin City Rapid Transit Company across the street. Axel's quickly drew workers from the two busy companies, and Anderson accommodated them by staying open all night. Anderson was one of the 60,000 Swedes who immigrated to Minnesota in the 1880s. He first moved to a farm near Grove City, Minnesota; then at age 18, he arrived in Minneapolis, where he began a career as a waiter in a series of downtown restaurants. By the time he opened Axel's, he had enough experience to know how to make a restaurant successful.
Erected 2012 by The Museum in the Streets®. (Marker Number 18.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the The Museum in the Streets®: Minneapolis, Minnesota series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1911.
Location. 44° 56.91′ N, 93° 14.357′ W. Marker is in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in Hennepin County. Marker is on E. Lake Street west of Hiawatha Avenue (State Highway 55), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2220 E Lake St, Minneapolis MN 55407, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hiawatha-Minnehaha Corridor (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 2108-30 East Lake: Twin City Rapid Transit Lake Street Station and Car Yard (about 300 feet away); 2107 East Lake: Porky's Drive-In (about 700 feet away); 2019 East Lake: Burma Shave (about 800 feet away); Snelling Avenue: African American Community (approx. 0.2 miles away); Minneapolis-Moline (approx. 0.2 miles away); 3010 Minnehaha Avenue South: Fire Station No. 21 (approx. ¼ mile away); Longfellow School (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Minneapolis.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 29, 2019, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 133 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 29, 2019, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.