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photograph showing clay sewer pipe sections next to a boxcar

Clay pipe train

Workers load sewer pipe into boxcars near the West Main Street location of the Red Wing Sewer Pipe Factory, c.1900.

Goodhue County's Clay Industries

Clay provided the basis for thousands of jobs in Goodhue County during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Stoneware, roof tiles, and clay pipes were all produced by area firms and widely sold.

Christian Klein

Christian Klein

Black and white photograph of Charles Klein.

Charles Klein

Charles H. Klein

Photograph of Charles Klein, seated.

Charles Klein

Photograph of Charles Klein in the late 1950s or early 1960s, not long before his death.

KleinBank

KleinBank is the largest family-owned state bank in Minnesota, with assets worth over $1.4 billion in 2012. There are nineteen locations throughout Minnesota, including Buffalo, Chanhassen, Cologne, Coon Rapids, Maple Grove, Norwood Young America, Otsego, St. Bonifacius, and Victoria.

Dormitory at Coney Island Hotel

Dormitory at Coney Island Hotel

This image shows the second hotel building, which later became the boarding house, or dormitory, for hotel staff.
Rights held by the CCHS.

Cottages at Coney Island Hotel

Cottages at Coney Island Hotel

This image shows some of the many cottages built as part of the resort, to be rented out by guests.
Rights held by the CCHS.

Main Building of Coney Island

Main Building of Coney Island

This shows the original hotel building, which also sometimes served as a private residence to the hotel and resort owners.
Rights held by the CCHS.

Coney Island of the West, 1884–1960

The history of Coney Island as a resort begins when Josephine Hassenstab sold the 31.85-acre island to Lambert Naegele in March, 1884, for $5,200. While Waconia already had several hotels such as the North Star, Lake House, and the Sherman House, the Coney Island Hotel and its resort became the most popular of all of Waconia's hotels and contributed to the town's status as a favorite summer resort.

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