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Lost Minnesota: Stories of Vanished Places

Lost Minnesota: Stories of Vanished Places

by Jack El-Hai
     
 

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Believe it or not, Minnesota’s architectural landscape has included a house made from the fuselage of a B-29 bomber, a hotel that spent its final years as a chicken hatchery, a Civil War cemetery, a treehouse built and occupied year-round by an eccentric university professor, and a railway that once carried passengers up Duluth’s steep incline from

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Believe it or not, Minnesota’s architectural landscape has included a house made from the fuselage of a B-29 bomber, a hotel that spent its final years as a chicken hatchery, a Civil War cemetery, a treehouse built and occupied year-round by an eccentric university professor, and a railway that once carried passengers up Duluth’s steep incline from Lake Superior. They are all gone now, along with countless houses, parks, bridges, theaters, sports stadiums, courthouses, and farm buildings in which Minnesotans have worked, played, and lived their lives. Though other books have looked at the lost architecture of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Jack El-Hai’s Lost Minnesota is the first book to tell the stories of buildings and landmarks from rural and small-town Minnesota, as well as those of the residential and suburban areas of the state’s largest cities. From Rochester’s Hotel Zumbro and the Charles H. Mayo House to the Hastings Spiral Bridge and the Lyceum Theater of Duluth, El-Hai rediscovers a lost landscape and the values and lifestyle of a bygone era. He tours not only Twin Cities buildings, such as the Fairoaks mansion, the Wilder Baths, and the Beyrer Brewery, but also its sites, such as the Wonderland amusement park, in order to re-create not only where but how Minnesotans lived. Lost Minnesota presents eighty-nine beautifully illustrated stories about these fascinating places and those who built them, lived in them, and tore them down. This is a book sure to delight the Minnesota history enthusiast and anyone who is curious about the state’s changing urban, small-town, and rural landscapes. 

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Architecture Minnesota
Since 1990, Minneapolis writer Jack El-Hai has contributed six Lost Minnesota columns a year to Architecture Minnesota. Now these columns, along with 29 new ones, have been collected as Lost Minnesota: Stories of Vanished Places, the first book to tour Minnesota�s forgotten landmarks. The beautifully illustrated book includes stories of a house made from the fuselage of a B-29 bomber, a hotel that spent its final years as a chicken hatchery, a treehouse built and occupied by an eccentric professor, and a railway that once carried passengers up Duluth�s steep incline from Lake Superior. Stories of houses, parks, bridges, theaters, sports stadiums, courthouses and farm buildings from throughout Minnesota are also found here as El-Hai recreates the values, lifestyles and landscapes of bygone eras

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ISBN-13:
9781452904641
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
08/14/2000
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
File size:
15 MB
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