Minneapolis's Lake District (Images of America) (Paperback)

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Minneapolis's Lake District (Images of America) (Paperback)

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Named for the network of lakes and waterways stretching along the city's western edge, the Lake District helps define Minneapolis as a place of great natural beauty.

With stately homes lining the parkways surrounding these bodies of water, the district may convey an image of affluence and prestige, but the district is not an exclusive preserve of the well-to-do. People from all walks of life flock to the area's parks and lakes that serve as public playgrounds for the entire region. The Lake District was not always the public amenity that it is today. During the late 19th century, much of the area consisted of marshy swamps that had little recreational or economic value. It took a group of forward-looking civic leaders to recognize the undeveloped area's potential. In the 1880s, they came together to form the Minneapolis Park Board, the public agency that would acquire and improve the lakes, preserving them for future generations.

Iric Nathanson tells the story of this appealing urban district using archival images from the Hennepin County Library Special Collections and the Minnesota Historical Society. Nathanson's most recent work, University Avenue of the Twin Cities, was published in 2023 as part of Arcadia's Images of America series.

Product Details ISBN: 9781467161299
ISBN-10: 1467161292
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (SC)
Publication Date: April 8th, 2024
Pages: 128
Language: English
Series: Images of America