Restored Posts: Makwa Club, Toboggans, Building Restrictions, Parkways

In response to requests and my own whimsy I have restored several posts to these pages today.

I restored one post at the request of author Joe McAleer, whom I met through these pages. He is just finishing a biography of one of the most fascinating characters I’ve come across in Minneapolis history,  Harry Perry Robinson. Joe’s book is entitled Escape Artist: The Nine Lives of Harry Perry Robinson, which is due out in June 2019 from Oxford University Press. Robinson visited Minneapolis as a young Englishman right out of college in the 1880s and made the city his home for several years while writing for local newspapers, becoming besties with many influential Minneapolitans and marrying the daughter of Thomas Lowry. He achieved his greatest fame as a correspondent covering World War I from the trenches of France for London newspapers and was knighted for his efforts. I’m really looking forward to reading his life story.

Due to a link in the piece Robinson inhabits on this site, I also restored some of my favorite photos: the toboggan slide from Queen Avenue out onto Lake Harriet. There is much to see in those images from 1914.

Toboggan Slide Lake Harriet 1914 side

The impressive structure of the Lake Harriet toboggan slide (Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board)

Given continuing discussions of building near Minneapolis lakes, I wanted to restore a piece I wrote a few years ago about how the city passed the first ordinance limiting building heights around lakes. It was passed in 1912 in response to a threat to build a hotel beside Lake of the Isles at 25th Street.

I also reposted stories on the intersection of Dean Parkway and Calhoun Parkway.

I’ve reposted a few other pieces that seemed worthwhile, which I’ll let you discover for yourself by scrolling through the site.

David C. Smith

In the past I included my email address on everything I posted here, but due to the volume of spam I received I had to quit doing that. But you can always reach me by posting a comment on some post or page on this site. Every comment is reviewed before it is posted, so they all come to my attention.

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4 comments so far

  1. Bea Dunlap on

    Friday Apr 20, 2018 — Bea Dunlap — As I grew up in North Minneapolis way back in Depression years, Farview Park was THE PLACE to meet our friends — to slide down the hills, go to band concerts, (and when no band concert, we used the band stand to play “Pussy Wants a Corner”, play baseball as a team, Ice skate, and one night on a SWING I became engaged way back in 1946 — The park at that time was beautifully colored by Lilacs in the SPRING! — Thanks For the Memories! ….and also this site — and the workers who help keep our Parks “Looking BEAUTIFUL!!

    • David C. Smith on

      Thanks sharing your memories, Bea. Good to hear from you again. I second your thanks to the people who run and maintain our parks.

  2. virginiabarton on

    Thanks, Dave!

    On Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 9:24 AM, Minneapolis Park History wrote:

    > David C. Smith posted: “In response to requests and my own whimsy I have > restored several posts to these pages today. I restored one post at the > request of author Joe McAleer, whom I met through these pages. He is just > finishing a biography of one of the most fascinating charac” >

  3. Tom Balcom on

    David, Thanks so much for your work and whimsy on this great Minneapolis Parks History Blog, a fabulous resource for the park system we all care so much about!


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