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Marlborough Apartment Hotel Fire, January 3, 1940

On January 3, 1940, the Marlborough Apartment Hotel in Minneapolis burst into flames after an explosion in its basement. The deadliest fire the city had ever seen would claim nineteen lives and destroy a three-story building housing more than one hundred twenty people.

Color postcard depecting Waconia City Hall.

Waconia City Hall

Postcard depicting the second city hall building in Waconia. Refurbished into senior apartments in the late 1990s and early 2000s. This building was nominated to the National Register for Historic Places.

Black and white photograph of an ice Cutting Crew on East Shore of Lake Waconia, c.1920.

Ice Cutting Crew on East Shore of Lake Waconia

Ice cutting crew on east shore of Lake Waconia, c.1920.

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.


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