Bean Lake Resort

Bean Lake Resort, a forerunner of twenty-first-century theme parks, was a popular entertainment destination from the early 1920s to 1947. People from areas around the lake in northwestern Cottonwood County gathered there to enjoy band concerts, water activities, roller-skating, and other activities.

Water slide with roller rink in the background, Bean Lake Resort, 1929

Bean Lake Resort

Water slide with roller rink in the background, Bean Lake Resort, 1929. Used with the permission of Paula Peterson.

Refreshment stand at Bean Lake Resort, ca. 1930

Refreshment stand at Bean Lake Resort

Refreshment stand at Bean Lake Resort, ca. 1930. Used with the permission of Paula Peterson.

Color image of Strauss ice skating blades created by J.E. Strauss, 1900–1910.

Strauss ice skating blades

Strauss ice skating blades created by J.E. Strauss, 1900–1910.

Color image of Strauss skate blades made by J.E. Strauss, 1887–1900.

Strauss skate blades

Strauss skate blades made by J.E. Strauss, 1887–1900.

Black and white photograph of a parade in Slayton, 1930.

Parade in Slayton

Parade in Slayton, 1930.

Black and white photograph of people in front of the Valhalla Island Resort pavilion on Lake Shetek, ca. 1920s.

Valhalla Island Resort

People in front of the Valhalla Island Resort pavilion on Lake Shetek, ca. 1920s.

Black and white photograph of the women's basketball team, 1904.

The women's basketball team

The women's basketball team, 1904. The team included Ogsen, Bertha Almen Vickner, Minnie Lundquist, Alice Green, Esther Nelson Ludeke, Matie Krohn, MarieEugelbreston, Clara Saunder Bohn, and Rosalie Youngdahl.

Black and white photograph of a new gymnasium at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, 1922.

New gymnasium at Gustavus Adolphus College

New gymnasium at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, 1922.

Color image of the Geocaching History Challenge, April 8, 2017.

Geocaching History Challenge

The Geocaching History Challenge project places an official geocache in all Minnesota State Parks. This photo shows the cache container, the Minneopa State Park-specific card, and the geocache log, April 8, 2017. Photograph by Karin J. Green.

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