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THE LAKE BEAUTIFUL.
Kianetcnka, the Bright Particular Star
Among the Constellation of North
western Eesorts.
\ I Charming Eetreat Where D nil Care is
Dissipated and Joy Eeigns
Unco-fined.
teliglitfui Steamboat Rides— Boating
Facilities aud Fishing Un
surpassed. .
*alatlal Hotels and Elegant Summer
Homes-- Various Points of
Interest.
The Big Water.
."There is a lake embosomeil In the West —
Slot like a jewel In the billowy fold
Of Nature's preen, luxuriant drapery.
Hero, in midsummer, when the stately woods
phut skirt the siuuous borders of the lake
Are greenest: when the lightest breezes tan
The leafy banks that top the lofty trees.
A.nd fret the buoyant surface of the waves
to foamy ripples— here the wearied eye,
- {The labored footstep, and the troubled mind
' Love,'>ost to Seek among secluded haunts
the iyet denied them by the vexing world.,
tlcre Nature's fingers press most tenderly
On grateful forehead?, and her wannest kiss
Consoles the chafed, Impatient heart of care.
Here she pursues her own harmonious
y\". thoughts.
And links her fancies in a thousand charms;
Mt overwrought, and gaudy of device,
Jike man's inventions surfeiting the eye,
•Hit like the unconscious beauty of a child,
'A* full of innocence as loveliness ■ - y
■ !Tlat wins a smile, although we know not why
j This is Minnetonka, i "the gem of Minne
sota's coronet of lake diamonds," the most
chant summer resort of the entire
Northwest, and without exception the
queen of inland resorts for the enjoyment
of lite in a practical manner during the
_ eatttl term. 7 \7^7 .7". ■} -M : M
Lake Minnetonka has become the
synonym for pleasure and comfort among
thousands of Minuesotians, as well as a
magic wand, as it were, to draw devotees
[from all parts of the American continent to
flier shores. "Mitwetonka, like the bright,
bewitching belle ef the Northwest that she
is. bewilders her admirers with hey lavish
beauty, yet keeps ever in reserve a wealth
of attractions, which she reveals ; only to
those who yield to her alluring spells, and
leads them day by day into fresh infatua
tion." 7 '7 : ;'7*
So much has been written and said of
Minnetonka during the past five years in
» various parts of the country, that an at-
B tempt to dwell at length upon its manifold
attractions and charms may be considered
superfluous. Yet, although volumes have
I been written and portfolios filled in the at
tempt to do justice to the subject, it is ad
.; mitted by all who are competent to speak
' intelligently upon the question, that no"
charm of artist's brush or cunningly
wreathed words from author's, pen, has
. : given or can give, a just and true idea of
Minnetonka's beauties. The lake and its
surroundings must be seen and seen often,
|to be truly and thoroughly appreciated and,
enjoyed. For the -information of those
I' who have never enjoyed a season at this
who have never enjoyed a season at this
charming resort, rather than for.those upon
whom the '<Big Water" has especial claims,
I whom the "Big Water" has at her shrine,
by reason of long devotion at her shrine,
. this article is written; and it is sent forth on
! I its mission with the hope that
. some word may be said that will
* j induce seekers for pleasure,' comfort
j \ and profit in their best form. te leave
\', the heat, cares and busy turmoils of city
{life and spend a vacation season in a de
i ■ lightful region where rest, recreation and
a recuperation may be enjoyed in an em
»inently satisfactory degree, ."- :
E Lake Minnetonka is "located in Hennepin
county, about fifteen miles southwest from
Minneapolis and twenty-five miles from St.
Paul. It is reached from St. Paul and Min
neapolis by the St. Paid, Minneapolis &
Manitoba railway to Wayzata, Minnetonka
Beach aud Spring Park: by the Minneapolis
& St. Louis railway from Minneapolis to
Hotel St. Louis. Excelsior and Lake Park,
and by the Minneapolis, Lyudale & Minne
-tonka railway to Excelsior.
\ Minnetonka has 15,000 acres of water sur
face, and is surrounded by a well-wooded
: shore that presents at least 100 miles of
j building sites. Its extreme length from
'.Wayzata in Lower lake to - Chapman's in
; upper lake is about fifteen miles, but the
! formation of the lake, with its twenty-five
[ bays and numerous inlets is such that it is
j estimated that there are at least 200 miles
1 of shore in the circumference of- Minne
! tonka. y77 y .
I The irregularity of the coast is such
that if it were . straightened and bent into
the circumference of a circle its area would
be 790 square miles. The bays which com
prise the "Big Water" vary in size from
1 one mile to five miles in length, and from
: a quarter mile to three miles in width. A
•' majority are navigable for the largest
■ steamers, and they afford a variety of seen
; cry that is unsurpassed by any summer re-'
• sort on this continent. Along the shores
; nearly two hundred cottages, hotels, board
ing houses and club houses . have
'been erected during the past five. years,
r and their owners or _ occupants represent
\ nearly every state in the Union. Many of
• these are elegant in design and finish, and
i all are homes of comfort .■ and : ease, where
[ the weary business man, the ' seeker" for
j health, the tourist . and the sportsman can
i spend many hours and days amid the
charms' and attractions of delightful sur
roundings. 7 To make the .'trip ( from Way
[ zata to r Chapman's, with . the reader, and
describe the many enchanting scenes ' that
greet the eye along the route, would oc- '
cupy more space than • can be devoted to
this article, and the reader must be content
with * glimpse at some of the especial feat
ures of lake life. . """"
HOW TO REACH MIXXETOXKA.
Tourists and lake visitors have a choice
of three excellent routes to the lake from
Minneapolis. From St. Paul there is only
one direct fine by which. the lake may
reached without change of can.
Pleasure seekers can take the trains of
the Manitoba road from the Union depot
at St. Paul, at 5:30, 9:30 a. m., 1:30, 4:30
5:80 and 10 p. m., leaving Minneapolis
twenty-five minutes later, making the trip
to Hotel Lafayette in one hour. These
, trams pass Hamline university, the state
j university, the famous Minneapolis mills,
j and cross the celebrated stone arch
I bridge, from which a magnifi
! cent view of St. . Anthony' falls
'■ can be had. Fast time is made from .Min
| neapolis to Wayzata, where a dozen- boats
1 are in waiting to add to the pleasure of ;
tourists by a trip around the lake. If the
passenger desires he may pursue his j jour- |
ney by rail to the Hotel Lafayette or go to !
Spring Park, the terminus of the branch.
The 10 o'clock train from St. Paul connects
with the through train from St. Louis which
leaves the Southern city daily at 11 p. in.
and comes to St. Paul over the Wabash. St
Louis & Pacific, lowa Central and Chicago,'
Milwaukee & St. Paul. A through sleeper
from St. Louis to Spring Park will be placed
on this line.
Beside this line to the lake there are two
routes from Minneapolis to the • Excelsior
side.- 7"',' ■:'..: . ;'■"
The principal line is the Minneapolis
&St. Louis, which reaches Hotel St. Louis,
Salberg's point, Excelsior and Lake Park,
and is the popular line for business men and
tourists desiring to reach these points.- The
management is liberal, the service is excel-:
lent, and the trains make fast time.
V, AYZATA.
I This is the , only through line
r from St Louis .'and Chicago to Lake
i Park and Hotel • St. Louis. Passengers
i can leave St. Louis at 10 a. in., I and reach
i Lake Park at 1 o'clock the next day, over
the Chicago, Burlington & Quiney, Bur-
I lington, Cedar k apids & Northern, ;. and
; Minneapolis & St. Louis roads; or leave at
: 8:15 p. m. and reach Lake Park at; 7:25'
j the next day .yon; the same line. From
i Minneapolis the trains leave the new sta
j tion, corner Third street : and 7 Fourth
i avenue north at 4:30, 8:30, ' and 9:25 a. m.,
j 12 m., 3:20, 5:15 and 6:30 p. m. '■''. From
j Northome to Lake Park passengers have
[ a splendid view of the lower lake and the-
I surroundings, which enhances the value of
j atrip over ; this line. '7' 7. ? .;;'
. The Minneapolis, Lyndale '& Minnetonka,
{ railway, 1 or as it is better known "The Me
'fJ-GB ST. PAUL DAILY GLOBE, StT_TDAY M<sft^&, JUNE 21, 1885— SIXTEEN? PAGES:
HOTEL LAFAYETTE,
tor Line," offers a delightful trip from Min
neapolis to Excelsior.^ Trains leave Minne
apolis, corner First avenue and Washington,
at 9 a. m., 12, 10 and 5:15 p. in., for the
lakes, passing through the heart of Minne
apolis out into the suburbs, past Lake Cal
houn and Lake Harriet, then across a charm
ing bit of country to Excelsior, landing pas
sengers at the Excelsior ■ wharfs, where a
steamer owned and operated by the motor
is in readiness to convey all who desire
around the lake. Returning, the motor
leaves Excelsior at 7:25, 10:40 a. in. and
4:85 p. "in., making the trip in good time.
Open ears have been put on this line, and
with new motors, new oars built expressly
for lake business and efficient service, the
'•Motor Line", will be better prepared than
ever before to cater to the lovers of a de
lightful excursion. The railroad fare is the
same by all lines: $1 from St. Paul to the
lake and return, and 75 cents from Minne
apolis, y "•; My
AT THE LAKE.
Having selected a route by which to
reach the lake, the next question to be
answered is, "How. shall we spent' the
time?" If the pleasure is to be confin. dto
. one or two days, two features should be in
; eluded in the program. A trip to Upper
I lake and several hours fishing and boating,
' For the latter there 1 are ample facilities at
! ail points, , and: at .all hours boats of all
I Clashes can be. secured, and experienced
; fishermen can be engaged to make the time
pass pleasantly and profitably. At
j Excelsior, the Blue Line aud O. S.
j Gates are well prepared for this kind
of work; at Lake Park, C. W. Cyphers
will attend to the wants of guests; at
.Wayzata and Hotel Lafayette Capt. G. V.
Johnson has a fleet of fine boats, and at
Chapman's, John Chapman will show vis
itors some of the finest fishing j grounds on
the lake. . Small steamers are in abundance
at various points, and may be chartered by
the hour, day or week. Among the number
I the Rosander, Hebe, Minnie
Cook, Forest Queen. Phoenix, O. S.
Gate's new boat, Why Not, and
the Cascade.
The Lake Minnetonka Naviga
tion company owns the majority of
the . large boats. The fleet com
prises the Belle of Minnetonka,
Capt. Ed West, capacity 2,500;
HatiieMay, capacity 300; Lotus,
250; Minneapolis, 200, and the
Saucy Kate . 100. , These boats
make daily trips and form the pop
ular water route. Hon. W. D.
Washburn owns the City of St.
Louis, capacity 1,000; Miner Ball,
the Star, capacity 250 and the
motor line the steel-hull steam
er, with a capacity of 2,50. „ All
the ; large boats make Upper and
Lower lake trips, which form a
very important part of the season's
program. Indeed a trip to the lake
is not complete unless the Upper
lake has been visited.
THE HOTELS.
While a large number of the sum
mer residents of the lake prefer the
quiet of cottage life to the vanity
and gayety of hotel life, a major
ity of those who spend a portion
i>f the season here prefer the
atter. As has been stated elsewhere
[he hotels and boarding .houses
that ' cater to the travel are
thirty-three in number, and in their charac
ter are adapted to the various - classes -of
trade. ;'•-. The devotee of fashion,' the seeker
for elegant comfort, the mechanic with a
limited bank account, and the millionaire
who wants the best that ••• money can pro
cure, can each and all have their tastes and
desires 77 gratified ; among ; the hotels
about the ; lake. Rates - are from
91 ;to7 83 r per day ; according to
location - . and . • accommodations ; ':* offered.
The Hotel Lafayette stands at the head of
the lake hotels, and with three or four ex
ceptions is the largest summer resort hotel
ou the American continent. i It is situated^
at Minrietonka beach and is /owned by the
Manitoba Railroad-company. 7 It was built
in 1882 and, up V: to the , preseht thne more
than a million doHars have been expended'
to make it the most elegant and palatial
summer resort house in the West.. It is SOO
feet long, and enjoys' the distinction of
being the largest hotel used exclusively for
summer business in tlie world. Its width Is
100 feet, from the foundation _ to the ; gable
is 90 feet, and around the entire '■ building
runs a piazza varying from twenty to forty
feet in width, whose over-hanging roofs af
ford a sheltered promenade from which the
eye ranges unobstructed ; over the manifold
beauties of both the Upper and Lower lakes:
The hotel occupies the highest point of land
on the lake's circumference, and presents a
commanding appearance as viewed from the
various : lake points. The surrounding
grounds have been elegantly arranged, and
within the house, which has accommodations
for 800 guest.-> evidences "of culture, refine
ment and elegance are seen on every hand.
The imposing office and lobby, the grand
stairways, spacious vestibules and princely
drawing rooms, the elegantly-appointed
parlors and ~ dining halls, suites
of luxuriously-furnished, rooms .with their
private balconies, with numberless details
that conduce to the comfort and pleasure
of guests, combine to make this hotel, un
rivaled among the summer hotels of the
Northwest.^ Mr. Eugene; Mehl of 'the Bre
voort house. New York, is the lessee, and
his manager for tlie present . season will
be Mr. Jewett Wilcox ,'of the " Tremont
house, Chicago, and , one of the best
known of America's hotel men. Under
his management the hotel will assuredly
make a successful season/ . The rates have
been reduced from 34 to S3 a day", though
.the standard of the hotel: willD'oe kept up
to its former excellence, efforts 'even being
made to surpass it. With a cuisine unri
valed for its excellence, and a service equal
to any in the land, there § is , certainly ho
reason why the house"' should ' - not be
crowded from the present time -till tbe
close of. the season. "A telegraph office,
an express office and a ticket' office are
connected with the hotel, and a postoffice
will be added as soon 'as the business of
the season warrants it. ~ .'-7
...One week from to-day -an orchestra of fif
teen pieces from Milwaukee will arrive at
the hotel for the season, "and will concertize
daily, alternating evenings with' hops and
concerts." Prof. R. 11. Evans -Of St. Paul
will be master of ceremonies . during the
season, and the social pleasures will be un-
.A.; S. DIMOXD. .7
limited. The concerts by' the orchestra are
free to all, and summer .residents,'!' as Well
as citizens from St." Paul and Minneapolis,
• are invited by the | management to visit
i Minnetonka and enjoy the music, v
The Lake Park , hotel .opened its spa
j cious and hospitable doors" yesterday for the
I season, and mine host, C. W. 'Mclntyre,
| was on hand to welcome new friends and
j greet old patrons of the house. . .The season
I at this elegant hotel, which is the second
' largest on the lake, promises to be a repe
; tition of the brilliant season of 1881. This
i bote! is owned by the Minneapolis & St.
Louis railway and a number of Minneapolis
' capitalists. Who have spared neither pains
nor expense in making the Park one of the
fines: and most desirable hotels in thecoun
i try. Situated on an elevation by the side
of the lake, surrounded by charming wood
laud and bathed \ .-.continually by
lake breezes, there, -is ,"' no more
favored spot on the , lake than. this.
The Park has accommodations for over two
hundred guests, is supplied with all modern
conveniences, electric lights, .' etc., and will
be conducted upon a scale of liberality and
good taste which insures a season of
pleasure and comfort to all guests. -The
general management will devolve upon Mr.
Mclntyre,' and he 'will be | assisted by the
following force: Chief clerk, L. D. Caf
ferty; cashier, -James McCullough;' house
keeper, Mrs. iL. M. Abbott, formerly
of the Metropolitan, St. - Paul; stew
ard, W. • H. ;McKeevef;A-head.^ waiter,
Louis BeLyons t of ,' the .Metropol
itan; head . porter! . Andrew ! Mooney.
0ver. 32,500 have been expended in improve
ments about > the : house and grounds since
last season. A telegraph and express of
fice is connected with the house, and music
for concerts and hops will be furnished dur-
CAPT. F. W.i HAL3TED.
ing ; the entire ■ season by y a competent ! or
chestra. Mr. Mclntyre has received many
applications from former patrons for rooms
this year, and *; Indications point :to a very
successful | season \ for. i this \ charming ; hos
telry, i : • • My- ■■-.'.< ''-.''"*■ * •-■
iy: The 610,000 amusement hall will be run
as usual, and will prove an important factor
in ■ swelling . the ■'; umber V% of Lake y Park
guests. 7 ; It •■ is the most" elegant : amusement
hall on the lake.' -7 M. :■■ ■.'•-: -j'm yi\yy- ' ~M / ■'• '
The Hotel St. Louis will -not be open
regularly until about f July 1:V. Mr. Preston
Gibson, the popular - superintendent of \ the
I louse','' ls on hand, however, and is pre
'■■■ xriug ., the i established » favorite hotel ,
:ir business In a manner that will
cave nothing to be desired > when ~. the
•iason -opens. , The ; St. Louis was
milt : in 1879, - and each; season ;' has'
>een crowned with abundant success/i
[\i\ the i past '. it '•■ has ■ been ''■ they popu
i _ resort with ; Southern tourists. It
mould : not 7be understood 7 that -1110
'otel is v conducted exclusively for
Hithern patrons, because It is owned
uid operated by the Lindell Hotel
lompany of St.' Louis.;: Many St. Paul
md Minneapolis people will make this
heir summer home this .season, and
here is much ■* wisdom „.; in • the
choice. The ■ hotel is a first-class one
ti every, respect; it is away
rom the I stir and bustle '-''^^^^m
he villages of the lake, a:. I
lore rest and quiet enjoymei I
id an abiding . place." :Th I
brce of the season is not I
inriounccd, but the big ! I
tandard of the past will )>l
maintained during the preset l l
eason. The guests alrca ' I
looked for the season v . I
!orm a brilliant compan; I
Jul the society at Hotel H
amis will be second to nomH
>n the lake.
The Excelsior house is ail
•stablished hostelry that haH
voii many friends in the is! H
(is. 11. T. Wait is proprietor
.iid Mr. W. '; W, Waite is is ■
uanager. .'■ Situated on a H
nninence overlooking the In I
unexcelled in locution, in the excelß
lence. of cuisine, and in the attenH
tion paid to guests, it occupies i!i<H
leading position among the hotels i.H
Excelsior. Bookings have bee
numerous, aud the house is In-iiuH
rapidly, filled. , ________!
The Chapman house at UppeM
-lake, conducted by Geo. A. S'.aterM
who also runs the popular SlateH
house at Excelsior, Is doing - sple I
did business tins year. The locatioiH
is one of the best on the lake, y.r^^^^^
grounds are spacious, boating, bath
ing and fishing are handy and the house is '
in excellent condition. Thisis a popular
place for dinner parties.
The other hotels and places of promi
nence about the , lake are Bartlett Place,
Upper lake; Gleason house, Harrington's and
the Minnetonka house, Wayzata; the Blue
Line hotel, Clark house, the White house,
Kalorama' cottage, Long View house, Sum
mit house, Mrs. Graham's Mrs. Darnell's
and Vineland villa, Excelsior; Cottagewood
i:lub house, Maplewood house, Maplewood;
Shady Isle house, Shady Isle; Island Park
club house, Big island; Pleasant View
house,' Howard point; Mound City . house,
Sampson's. Upper lake; Spring Park club
house, Spring Park. M'MM-MM
POIHTS OF INTEREST ABOUT THE LAKE.
Wayzatta— Oh the north shore thirteen
miles from Minneapolis. Population 200;
has one church, Congregational; three gen
eral stores, two hotels and a number of
business houses. Steamers connect with
the Manitoba trains and convey passengers
to all parts of the lake.
Excelsior— The most important point on
the lake. The Tourist : says: "It is the
key to lake business, and from it radiates
the greater part of the travel to all parts of
this notable watering-place. The steamers
nearly all' make it the starting point for their
trips, and two railways— the Minneapolis &
St. Louis and the Minneapolis, Lyndalo &
Minnetonka railways— run from twelve to
fifteen trains daily from . the city. It has
telegraph and telephone connections, I and
two mails daily. Express, United States.
Population,* 585. Among its institutions
and business houses are numbered three
churches — Congregational, Methodist aud
Episcopal— graded schools, an academy, a
newspaper, three general stores, hardware
store, two hotels, some eight or ten board
ing-houses, and other establishments usu
ally found in villages. 7'y-y- : 7-
The village occupies a commanding po
sition, with about two miles of lake shore !
front, and surrounded by an attractive and j
productive farming country, with numerous [
groves of hardwood timber. \ The region I
around it is celebrated for Its- delicious
grapes, strawberries, fine .vegetables, milk
and butter, and Excelsior is the market for
the products. It isa natural watering place,
the village being built on a range overlook
ing the water.
Lake Park, with 200 acres of land heavily
timbered, lies one mile northwest of Ex
celsior. Here is located one of the leading
hotels of the lake, and here a large number
of villas have been erected, prominent
among them being those of Gen. T. L.
Rosser and J. L. Spink. The Minneapolis
&St. Louis road runs daily trains here, and
altogether it is one of the most' charming j
spots on the lake. It is a favorite spot for
picnic parties.
Minnetonka Beach occupies the center of
the peninsula formed by Crystal bay on the
north, \. 'Smith's bay on the east and Holmes'
bay on .the south. The. Hotel Lafayette is
located here, and the Manitoba road runs
frequent trains daily to this point.
Spring Park, in Upper lake, was laid out
in 1880,. and contains ' 150 acres of land.
There are a number of elegant villas,, and a
spacious club, house located here. 7
Mound City, at the head of Upper lake,
has a population of 100,. and has three
LAKE ; PARK A US MEN T H A LLi
hotels. It is a popular resort for fishing
parties.
's , ..•.: M- ■ CRANE ISLAND. 7 ' '-"> "
This is one of the landmarks of the Upper
lake, and it has achieved prominence from
the fact that it is One ]of the two nesting
places of the Blue heron of the Northwest. '
It is common practice for 7 the "■steamboat
pilots to go around the 7 island y during the
Upper lake trip, and blow the whistle long
and loud. ' This ' procedure 'never, fails to
arouse the jj cranes and they flit "about the
island in a lively 'manner. They are num
bered by the j score and prove : a source of
constant interest to visitors. '■
■f ir-fOr^:.^ 7. THE HERMITAGE. '_:'■
7 One of the most interesting spots about
the lake is the Hermitage,' located on ; the
mainland, % opposite Crane island, Upper
lake. Here for many years was the resi
dence, and .is how the last resting :, place
of Capt. Frank \W. HalSted; ra ; brilliant
I young man;* in the days agone, and one of,
j the pioneers of Minnetonka. Capt. Hal-
I sted earned his title during the war .whiles
| in ?r the ?? Mississippi ■} squadron under 'Ad- 1
miral • M Striugham. 7- If y the ' sstor y :':■:-. of /
1 ; his life could be followed in detail it would
j form a romantic tale. Returning fjom 5 the ■<
I war he settled 'down at the •' lake ■■ and 7 en- ;
; joyed a life of quiet. '? The 'Hermitage : Is
j located on a'- r delightful ] spot, which com-;'
1 mauds a splendid view of Upper ■• lake 7 and v ;
| the surrounding forest, j and jj here the ] cap- ;
; tain lived alone, seldom moving in society, I
i but always glad to /welcome visitors to his !
'"rough and ready cabin. "> f A few. years ago '.
a deep cloud came over his life and "he j
sought peace and oblivion in" the : depth of
the blue waters . over which he :' had |
' • • ■'■ ' -~ ■ ' ■ - ■ - — — — -^— — — -*^*-
ailed '" for many " summers, " and
visitors to Upper lake are shown the
mound which covers his last resting place.
A. s. DIMOXD. .-
I While it may seem invidious to particular
ize where so many are concerned in the devel
opment of Minnetonka as a first-class sum-
mer resort, justice demands that especial
mention 'be made of y the indefatigable
efforts of Mr. A. S. Dlmond, editor of the
Northwestern Tourist, in this direction.
Mr. ; Dimond was ■ born in ; Pittsburg,
Perm., fifty years ago and came to Minne
sota in 1855. He spent his first season in
this state, on the - shores of Minnetonka,
I taking a claim which
he a f forward sold.
Soon after this he went
to Chicago, where he
remained until 1873.
He was engaged in the
printing business and
was for the major part
of the time in Chi
cago, employed by one
firm. ■ Twelve years
ago he .:. returned to
Minnesota" and estab
ished a printing busi-*
less. : In this he 'was
successful, and '.three
ears later, 'during the
a tinnier - months, he
jonceived the idea of
establishing a paper
jo "boom" Mln ne
on k a into promi-
L-:ice. This Idea was
j .0011 formulated Into
action, and in 1876 the
■ M innetonka Tourist,
■monthly paper de
lt .oil to the interests
lLake Minnetonka,'?
THE HERMITAGE.
was issued. The publication, after the
first ■ number | as a monthly, was changed
to a weekly paper, and by, its ' merits won
a place in the. esteem and confidence of all
interested in the work 7 to Which the
Tourist was dedicated, v At that time there
was but one summer residence on the lake
shore, and a year later the number had in
creased to three. Of hotels, the | number
was rive and all were small. - Now there
are thirteen hotels, twenty boarding houses
and about one hundred and seventy summer
cottages. In 187(1 but three steamers were
running on the lake. J»3 To-day, if the
weather is favorable, the lake visitors may
see twenty-five, of • all I styles, classes ' and
sizes, ranging from the palatial Belle of
Minnetonka,; with accommodations for
over two }} thousand people, to
the less pretentious • ...; private steamer
with accommodation only for the family of
the owner. In 1876 one railroad was suffi
cient to attend all the "demands of- lake
travel. In 1885 there are three lines Which
run twenty trains between the cities and
the lake daily. During these years of pro
gress and steady growth, in the summer
business of the lake, Mr. Dimond has pub
lished a bright, newsy, , illustrated paper
which has circulated in nearly" every state
in the Union. He has spared neither time, j
- . . ... . .-..■■
1 energy or expense In setting forth the
claims of Minnetonka. and the large circu
lation of his paper -,; in . the past, to
gether, with the onward ' march
of ' many ; 'of ; its • : readers, to -the
lake is a sufficient guarantee that his labors
have not been In vain.7 Fire has i twice de
stroyed his business during these years, 'and
added to these : drawbacks 7a ; variety has
been ' given ' his ' experience . by his being
"blown up," at the explosion of the steamer
Mary," oh the lake, July 2,' 1880. The illus
trations ;'• for 7 this :, edition of 'they; Globe ;
have been • furnished by Mr. .' Dimond, and
form a part of an elegant descriptive, illus
trated guide of Minnetonka,' y M- •' '
yy-] 7:7<7r7.c^'A ; .^'ziMMEKJiAx7''_,,
No man during the past five { years y has
been more closely identified with the devel
opement of the steamboat interest and bus
iness upon the lake than Mr. C. A.Zimmer
man, manager and one of j. the owners of
the Lake Minnetonka Navigation company's
fleet of boats. He made his first visit to
; Minnetonka twenty, years ago, while on a
photographic tour. . He found-it a slumber
:ing wilderness, with '■■ no especial*, premoni
; tions of the coming notoriety and develope
; ment ',? as 77 a\ % summer, resort. 7ln 7 1876
he : '■■.: [ decided My:'., to MM spend his sum
mers 7at . the •;;' lake, \-, \ and 7 two years
later purchased Enchanted, island in-Upper
lake. To : secure , transportation y from his
summer -home to 7 the railroad station at
Wayzata he decided to purchase a steamer,
and in 1879 bought .the Lulu, "a "nobby"
craft, engaged In the United States service
He renamed her the Nautilus and". she din
a paying ' business : aside , from the personal
service for Mr. Zimmerman during that
EXCELSIOR.
season. Mr. Zimmerman soon found 1 hat
there was jj| a demand for some boats jto
'run ' regular on the • lake, and in
1880 he built the Lotus. 7 Capt. May, a
prominent Minnetonkian,had two steamers,
the Minneapolis and Hattie May, which
he sold to Mr. Zimmerman as a part of
LAKE PARK HOTEL.
I the lake fleet. - By this time the railroad
companies had entered ' into an arrange
ment, which was mutually beneficial to rail
and -boat lines. In 1882 the Saucy Kate
was added to - the fleet, which gave Mr.
Zimmerman the ownership of five first
class , steamers. The steamer - City
of ■: "• St. Louis was ; • put 7on
the lake in 1881 by £ Gen.
W. D. Washburn of Minneapolis, and the
following year formed apart of the Naviga
tion company fleet, the name by which Mr.
Zimmerman's property was known. The
boats pooled their receipts, and a satisfac
tory \ division was made. During - these
years Mr. Zimmerman had been improving
the condition of his boats and adding to the
efficiency of the service. Col. P. S.David
son -of ■ St. Paid brought <■ the ... steamer
Belle -of Minnetonka 'from 7* La
Crosse '.•'■' about this ; time, ; : • ; - and
proposed to enter the field as a competitor
or lake business. . Mr. Zimmerman had the
Navigation company incorporated, took the
Belle, into the line and the City. of St. Louis -:
retired, Gen. Washburn forming the Lake
Minnetonka Transportation company. Last
year the boats ran with the Belle, Hattie
May, _ ; Lotus, Minneapolis and Saucy ,
Kate " in the Navigation company fleet, <
and the City in the L. M. T. company's
fleet. No lake in America has better trans- ]
portation facilities than Minnetonka, and
for this priceless boon great credit should be
given the self-sacrificing labors and devo
tion of Mr. C. A. : Zimmerman, who has
given most liberally of his time, energy ,
and money to the work of making this fea
ture of lake life one of pleasure and com
fort to all patrons. 7 . 7 M'. '•■'.'
Why Landladies Laugh.
y What is rarer than a day in June?. Well, .
edar. a square meal at our boarding-house
I about fills the bill.^-Boston Post.
There is ay, prospect of a famine ; in hay,
and boarding house pillows will be harder
than ever.— Philadelphia Call. . \ r , ■"■"'"
It is said of a Western poet that he wrote
some of his best poems m a boarding-house,
and, like ' the j boarders, there's nothing :in
Yonkers Statesman. : 'MM; M
First Boarder— ought to be called
the Terrapin house. -
Second Boarder— to be funny? 7
First Boarder No; the name would be
very : appropriate. Terrepin get : fat *on
nothing.— Philadelphia Progress.
Spring Poet No. siree: you can't shove
an ode to your boarding-house -chicken in
on us as: spring poetry. Truth- is not what '
we desire in poems; we want sentiment;;
nice tender sentiment that we can cut into ]
without a buzz-saw.— Cincinnati Merchant I
Traveller. ,?;;:.;(■
; * 'And what is this, pray?" :, inquired the .
near-sighted ; boarder, peering " ' into the ;
covered dish. 7 "That, sir. is hash, " replied '
the landlady with ''.unnecessary.' emphasis. ;
"Oh, beg pardon, ma'am," said the near
sighted boarder; "I thought perhaps it might
j be a war map, you Boston Tran
i script, j 7 "
Of a Georgia" woman ,: who died recently
it is said, "whenever food was mentioned
she grew pale and trembled." We are not
told whether she had. been in the -habit of
dining at a railway restaurant or had lived
all her life in boarding, houses, but her ex
perience must have been acquired • in one or
the other direction.— Boston Traveller.
■ :./" ■ : 'A-^o_>^i»e,ac£7 yy
.'ln sending him away in the morning
..- When the sun" Is low in the cast,
And he does, not mind our parti
* -■•" ■- Does not mind it in the least. • .>
: For in.the school room I tell him
Is the place for. a boy tobo: -,: ' 7 I
So we say good-by with many a smile
7-77 And he throws back a kiss to me.
But, oh! at last 'in the evening,
7 When the suu is low in tho west, .
v I sec him coming home to me,*"" J. ", , /
7 ' '. My. dearest- aud my host! ;..'..'.■
I forgot what I say; in the morning, 7
„ And l think -.v.- both a.-riod- -yy.. .7/7-
That ip mother's tap t>.. t to fireside '■'■::
o. Is the place i'or a l>oy to lv->. ; .
'. v --..f» Ori'iias Chronicle.
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