This watercolor drawing depicts "Eagle Water," a strong Chippewa man with an eagle crown. In the background another eagle soars above the shoreline with a fish clutched in its claws. This is one print in a series created for the Freshwater Society in Excelsior, Minnesota, donated to the Westonka Historical Society, one of a limited edition created in 1981-1985.
This watercolor drawing depicts "Bear Woman," a strong Chippewa woman with a bear crown. In the background another bear wades toward the reeds and the shoreline. This is one print in a series created for the Freshwater Society in Excelsior, Minnesota, donated to the Westonka Historical Society; one of a limited edition created in 1981-1985.
Aerial photograph of Lake Minnetonka created from 134 separate photographs. Names are added for towns and villages, lakes and bays, points and islands, and water depths are marked. Area included stretches east to Glen Lake, south to Lake Minnewashta and Lake Zumbra, west to King's Point, and north to Stubbs Bay. Scale indicates distance in feet and miles, dated 1949.
Aerial photograph of Lake Minnetonka with names added for towns and villages, lakes and bays, points and islands. Scale is 1" equals 4.65 miles. Advertisement for Harry Smith, Burnett Realty, contains his photo and contact information, date of photography April 1989.
This steamboat seems to have stopped at a dock at the Narrows. This was the scene before the bridge was built across the Narrows. The north side of this channel is in the town of Orono, and the south side is in Tonka Bay. Printed message gives description of Lake Minnetonka, postmarked and dated 1918.
Wooden boats are pulled ashore and picnic baskets appear in this generic beach scene, with a black and white inset photo labeled Steamer Excelsior, Minnetonka. The writer mentions the large number of advertisements in the paper for fine horses for sale. The Bureau of Engraving's logos is printed on back, color added, postmarked 1910.
Entrance to Big Island Park shows the path through the grove of trees. Message says this pleasure park is 18 miles out by trolley, and that the tower, peristyle, etc., are all concrete, dated and postmarked 1909.
Visitors enjoy the shade in a grove of trees at Big Island Park, color added. Card is addressed to Hoke Smith, United States Senate, Washington, D.C., postmarked 1913. Message reads: Lithography is the working man's art. Don’t destroy American Art! Help us develop American art! Why not lithograph these in Amerika? More of these cards than ever are being lithographed abroad! I receive 25 dolls per week as a lithographer. Please don't cut this down. German lithographers get only one third of the wages Americans do.
Bridge crossed the dry creek bed of Minnehaha Creek after a long dry spell. Writer watched for President Taft to cross the bridge in an auto during his visit to Minneapolis, but missed seeing him, dated November 12, 1909.
Collage of Minneapolis photographs includes Regatta Day on Lake Minnetonka, Court House and City Hall, Boulevard at Lake Calhoun, Loring Park, St. Louis Bay on Lake Minnetonka, Library at State University, Flour Mill District, Minnehaha Falls, and St. Anthony Falls and Exposition Building, dated 1906.
Collage of Excelsior scenes includes photos of Joslin Brothers Hardware Store, Main Street looking south, High School, Catholic Mission House, Business section, Trinity Chapel, Sampson House, and the Lake Minnetonka Casino, postmarked 1912.
This interview view of the Excelsior Amusement Park convention and picnic auditorium shows the curved roof of the room and a gathering, some people seated at benches and some at picnic tables. The printed message describes the park as ""the family playground that's clean and wholesome. Ideal for church and school picnics.""
This photo of the convention grounds on the Burton Estate in Deephaven on Lake Minnetonka in encircled by an oval with the saying ""Minneapolis Makes Good."" The message, postmarked 1908, tells of the purchase of a swell hat with a great big plume for $8.00.
Excursion boat enters Halstead Bay, Lake Minnetonka, under the Narrows Bridge, with captain using pole to keep in the center of the channel. The bridge was built in 1911. Hand-written message reads: ""Harrie Robertson and his boat.""
The Lakeview Hasty Tasty and a second building at the boat landing in Excelsior advertise Coca Cola and 7 Up, 10 cent hamburgers, Coney Islands, pop or ice cream for a nickel, and cracker jack, plus bathing and picnic grounds, soft drinks and beer. The steam boat Minnetonka is docked at the landing, postmarked 1957.
The Saint Paul, a ferry boat steamer on Lake Minnetonka, had three decks and a side paddle wheel. In this photo flags are flying from both the bow and stern of the upper, open deck, and every deck is crowded with passengers. The ferries ran from 1906 to 1911.
This popular postcard depicts a fisherman on shore hooking a mythical giant fish, the epitome of the fish that got away, called the freak fish design. This card advertises Spring Park, Minnesota. The message, dated 1912, mentions a picnic held by the Maccabee Lodge of Minneapolis and St. Paul, which included 26 athletic stunts for which the winners received prizes.
Flag raising ceremony on August 17, 1912, dedicated St. Albans on Lake Minnetonka as the summer capital of Minnesota. A crowd of dozens gathered in front of the flag pole. Printed message from the St. Albans Company advertises charming environment, good service, rest and recreation, color added.
This photo, with color added, depicts visitors in the doorway of the Glen Morris Inn, viewing Lake Minnetonka and the sailboat at the dock. Message mentions the ""artistic places,"" the warm swimming in the lake, and crackling fires, postmarked 1915.
Hotel La Paul advertises: We eat here, rates $2.00 per day. This hotel was on Lake Street in Excelsior, north of the White House. The writer comments that this is a most beautiful resort for all the middle west, cool and delightful weather, dated and postmarked 1906.
Janette Merrill Park adjoins a two-story clapboard cottage with screened porches on both the first and second floors facing Lake Minnetonka. The message from a visitor to the cottage talks of swimming and hiking, postmarked 1925.
Front view shows porch along the entire first floor of this four-story building, with young trees on the front lawn, hand-drawn flag flies from the peak of the middle dormer. Message dated 1907, but postmarked 1908, invites the recipient to come to the Lake to do the sender's sewing.
The Lafayette Club is surrounded on front and side by a porch, its columns covered with vines. A mansard roof tops the second story. A nearby one-story building is adjacent to a circular four-story tower with a viewing deck on the top story, postmarked 1906.