Mound in Hennepin County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
City of Mound
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
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!
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1766.
Location. 44° 55.753′ N, 93° 40.224′ W. Marker is in Mound, Minnesota, in Hennepin 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. Minnetonka -- Queen of the Inland Lakes (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 9/11 Memorial (approx. ¼ 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mound.
Also see . . .
1. Mound, Minnesota. Wikipedia entry. "Mound is the birthplace of the Tonka truck, named after Lake Minnetonka." (Submitted on October 22, 2012.)
2. Westonka Historical Society. Chapman House on Lake Minnetonka, Mound, Minnesota. (Submitted on October 22, 2012.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 22, 2012, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 797 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 22, 2012, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.