Black and white aerial View of Waconia, c.1945.

Aerial View of Waconia

Aerial view of Waconia, c.1945.

Black and white photograph of the Sherman House Hotel, Waconia, c.1890.

Sherman House Hotel Waconia

This was one of the first hotels that contributed to Waconia being a summer tourist destination, c.1890.

Black and whitep photograph of the Lake House Hotel, c.1880.

Lake House Hotel

Two story building with poeple standing and sitting on second floor porch, c.1880. 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.
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, c.1890. This building was destroyed 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.

Waconia Street Scene, 1868.

Waconia Street Scene

Main Street of Waconia in 1868.

Color postcard depicting a Waconia Street Scene, c.1900.

Waconia Street Scene

Postcard depicting Main Street in Waconia in the early, c.1900.

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.

Black and white photograph of Waconia City Hall after the storm, 1904.

City Hall after the storm

Up close detail of the damage done to the City Hall, 1904. 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

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, 1904. Part of the first floor walls can be seen just to the left of the building.

Black and white photograph of the Sherman House Hotel, 1904

Sherman House Hotel

The Sherman House Hotel after the storm, 1904. 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.

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