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Carte-de-visite of Chapman's Hotel, c.1875.

Chapman's Hotel, Lake Minnetonka, Mound

Carte-de-visite of Chapman's Hotel, c.1875.

Black-and-white photograph of the Hotel Lafayette, c.1883

Hotel Lafayette, Minnetonka Beach

Black-and-white photograph of the Hotel Lafayette, c.1883.

Color postcard of the Hotel Keewaydin, c.1910.

Hotel Keewaydin, Lake Minnetonka

Color postcard of the Hotel Keewaydin, c.1910.

Color postcard of the Dancing Pavilion at the Hotel Del Otero, c.1910.

Dancing Pavilion, Hotel del Otero, Spring Park, Lake Minnetonka

Color postcard of the Dancing Pavilion at the Hotel Del Otero, c.1910.

Lake Minnetonka Resort Hotels

From early inns and boarding houses to the magnificent eight-hundred-room Hotel Lafayette, during the last decades of the nineteenth century, Lake Minnetonka was transformed into one of the resort capitals of America. In the 1870s and 1880s, tourists from across the nation came to stay at the resort hotels that prospered on the shores of one of Minnesota's most famous lakes.

Wilford "Captain Billy" Fawcett with a trapshooting shotgun. Fawcett captained the U.S. trapshooting team at the 1924 Olympics

Wilford "Captain Billy" Fawcett

Wilford "Captain Billy" Fawcett with a trapshooting shotgun. Fawcett captained the U.S. trapshooting team at the 1924 Olympics

Photograph of an exhibition golf match between Wilford "Captain Billy" Fawcett and American champion Walter Hagen at Breezy Point Resort, 1926.

Exhibition golf match at Breezy Point Resort

Photograph of an exhibition golf match between Wilford "Captain Billy" Fawcett and American champion Walter Hagen at Breezy Point Resort, 1926.

Spectacular Fair: The Minnesota State Fair

In this Collections Up Close video podcast, Minnesota Historical Society collections assistant Christopher Welter shares a few of the thousands of State Fair photographs in the MHS collection, with a special emphasis on the fair’s more spectacular offerings.

Ampers Podcast: MN90: My State Fair is Bigger than Your State Fair

Minnesota State Fair employee Brienna Schuette considers whether the Great Minnesota Get-Together can claim to be the biggest state fair in the United States.

Ticket allowing admittance to the Minnesota State Fair, 1895.

State Fair ticket book

Book of three complimentary tickets permitting Roger Sherman Mackintosh and a female guest to attend the 1895 Minnesota State Fair, held between September 9th and 15th. The book originally contained six tickets; tickets 1, 2, 3 and 5 have been removed.

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