Two story building with poeple standing and sitting on second floor porch. Man seated on first floor porch. Sign on building "LAKE HOUSE/ A.F. SCHUTZ PROP". Dirt street. Man holding the reins on a horse which has a rider. Wood pile visible on left side of building. Circa 1880s.
This was one of the hotels contributing to Waconia being a summer tourist destination.
The first City Hall building of Waconia. This building was u destroyed in an unusual way during the Waconia Cyclone on August 20, 1904. When the upper floor fell, wooden chairs on that floor remained standing perfectly straight in their rows. Circa 1890s.
The city of Waconia, in Carver County, Minnesota, has a long and rich history. Located just thirty miles southwest of the Twin Cities on the north shore of Lake Waconia, it has long been a tourist destination.
This image shows Frank Wostrel's hardware store, left side of the image, where the first floor exploded during the cyclone, dropping the second level to the ground. Part of the first floor walls can be seen just to the left of the building.
This image shows the front of the Sherman House Hotel after the storm. It is the building in the center, next to the large tree. The photo shows the entire front of the building laying in the street in the foreground. Witness accounts say nothing inside the building was moved.