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 south 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.

Sherman House Hotel

Sherman House Hotel

Sherman House, Joseph and Albert Miller, Prop. Waconia, Minnesota, c.1890s.

Waconia Cyclone, August 20, 1904

On August 20, 1904, a large cyclone hit the City of Waconia, changing the face of the city forever.

Photograph shows children waiting to check out books at the Waconia Public Library

Children at the Waconia Public Library

Children checking books out with the librarian at the Waconia Public Library.


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