Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Founded in the late 1960s, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres (CDT) is the United States' largest professional dinner theatre company. It is also the main tourist attraction for Carver County and a gem for musical theater enthusiasts. Home to many national and world premiere performances, CDT focuses on musical theatre and comedy shows as its mainstays.

Photograph of a small congregation of lumberjacks assembled inside a bunkhouse to hear sky pilot Frank Higgins preach c.1910.

Lumberjack assembly

Photograph of a small congregation of lumberjacks assembled inside a bunkhouse to hear sky pilot Frank Higgins preach c.1910.

Photograph of men waving to Frank Higgins, the lumberjack sky pilot, outside a lumber camp c.1910.

Frank Higgins

Photograph of men waving to Frank Higgins, the lumberjack sky pilot, outside a lumber camp c.1910.

Photograph of Frank Higgins and a dog with a sled outside a lumber camp c.1900.

Frank Higgins

Photograph of Frank Higgins and a dog with a sled outside a lumber camp c.1900.

Lumberjack Sky Pilots

Working as a lumberjack in northern Minnesota was a difficult job with poor living conditions. Many loggers blew off steam by drinking, gambling, or visiting brothels. "Sky pilots," or visiting ministers, tried to save the men's souls and put them on the road to holiness rather than vice.

Photograph of Mickey's Diner taken in November of 1982.

Mickey's Diner

Photograph of Mickey's Diner taken in November of 1982.

Photograph of the interior of Mickey's Diner taken between 1930 and 1939.

Interior of Mickey's Diner

Photograph of the interior of Mickey's Diner taken between 1930 and 1939.

Reid Ray Film Industries films a scene for the movie <em> Cash on the Barrelhead</em> inside Mickey's Diner. Actor William Bendix is at center.

Movie scene filmed inside Mickey's Diner

Reid Ray Film Industries films a scene for the movie Cash on the Barrelhead inside Mickey's Diner circa 1960. Actor William Bendix is at center.

Photograph of Mickey's Diner take in 1980 by Henry B. Hall.

Mickey's Diner

Photograph of Mickey's Diner taken in 1980 by Henry B. Hall.

Photograph of Mickey's Diner taken on July 16, 1975 by Steve Plattner.

Mickey's Diner

Photograph of Mickey's Diner taken on July 16, 1975 by Steve Plattner.

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