Is that a lake? » Diamond Lake and Pearl Park aerial

Diamond Lake, center, looking northwest. Pearl Park is upper right and the future Todd Park at center right. Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun are near horizon. (Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board)

Pearl Park grading

8 comments so far

  1. Wayne Lakso on

    My best guess would be summer of 1939. The block of Oakland Ave. between 58th & 59th appears ready for construction as Oakland Ave. and the alley between Portland and Oakland look to be paved. Records show that our house on 58th and Oakland, was built in 1939. I think it was started in late 1939 and evidently finished over the winter. A few of those trees may still be standing.

  2. Kevin on

    There may have been but the only ones we got were carp on the northwest shore before they rerouted the curve on Diamond Lake Rd. It was winter and it was frozen over except where a culvert from the road with run off kept it ice free. My brother caught it bare-handed.

  3. Kevin on

    When we were kids in the 50s-60s my brother and I caught carp in Diamond Lake at the north end. The north half of Pearl Park was always wet and was filled in when I was a bit older. You can still see a bit of the old elevation at the northern edge of the property. In an old map of the area it shows a small stream running from Todd Park to the marsh area behind the 58 Club. You mentioned living by Mounds Park. That’s where my father grew up in the thirties. He wrote a piece about it in a Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood publication.

    • David C. Smith on

      Great info, Kevin. Thanks. Were there other kinds of fish in Diamond Lake too? And thanks for the link. I’ll have a look.

  4. Kevin on

    What year was the aerial shot taken? Could it be in the mid 30s during the drought?

    • David C. Smith on

      That’s what I thought, too, Kevin. But I checked Hennepin County property records and found that the houses on the east side of Pearl Park on Portland in the photo were built in 1938. So this photo had to be taken after 1938. I imagine by comparing more of the houses in this photo with their construction dates in Hennepin County records you could pinpoint the date.

      If you’ve never checked out the county’s interactive map for property records you should give it a try at A warning: you could spend a lot of time looking up property records throughout the city. I think it’s quite interesting, but as I’ve said before I’m a bit of a map geek. Thanks for reading.

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