Sherman House Hotel- Waconia

Sherman House Hotel- Waconia

This was one of the hotels contributing to Waconia being a summer tourist destination.

Lake House Hotel

Lake House Hotel

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.

City Hall

City Hall

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.

Waconia Street Scene

Waconia Street Scene

Shows Main Street of Waconia in 1868.

Waconia Street Scene

Waconia Street Scene

Shows Main Street in the early 1900s.

City of Waconia

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.

City Hall detail, 1904

City Hall detail, 1904

This image shows up close detail of the damage done to the City Hall. In the center can be seen the rows of chairs dropped with the second story which remained standing in their rows.

Street scene, 1904

Street scene, 1904

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.

Sherman House Hotel, 1904

Sherman House Hotel, 1904

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.

Sherman House Hotel

Sherman House Hotel

Sherman House, Jos. (Joseph) and Albert Miller, Prop. Waconia, Minnesota. [This photo was taken just a few years before the cyclone in the 1890s].

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