Mound in Hennepin County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Minnetonka -- Queen of the Inland Lakes
By the early 1880s Lake Minnetonka had become a favorite summer resort for the rich and famous of the United States and Europe, including Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Chester A. Arthur. The 300-foot "Belle of Minnetonka" and other excursion boats nearly as large carried thousands of visitors enjoying holidays at comfortable summer homes or elegant hotels like the Chapman House here on Cook's Bay and the prestigious Hotel Lafayette on Crystal Bay.
With the arrival of the automobile, the great hotel era faded and the summer cottages evolved into permanent homes. Lake Minnetonka is still known for its beauty and its many recreational opportunities.
Erected by the Minnesota Historical Society
and the Westonka Historical Society - 1985
Erected 1985 by The Minnesota Historical Society and the Westonka Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Native Americans • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Minnesota Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1822.
Location. 44° 55.713′ N, 93° 40.252′ 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. Marker is in Surfside Park at the beach parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mound MN 55364, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. SurfSide Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 9/11 Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mound.
More about this marker. Surfside Park & Beach, where this marker is located, was formerly known as Mound Bay Park from 1963 through October 2011.
Also see . . .
1. Lake Minnetonka. A brief history of the Lake Minnetonka area. (Submitted on September 7, 2012.)
2. Lake Minnetonka. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on September 7, 2012.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 7, 2012, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 663 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 7, 2012, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.