Lilac Park’s restored beehive fireplace featured in MSP Magazine

May 8, 2021. The “Where to Live Now” May 2021 issue of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine featured the restored beehive fireplace in Lilac Park in St. Louis Park, MN. Their ‘Found Art’ article includes remnants of Twin Cities past that are hiding in plain site. According to writer Andy Sturdevant, “The beehive fireplace from Lilac Park, now…

Take your own Lilac Way tour—three parks, eight miles, no entrance fees.

A summer 2021 Lilac Way tour is the perfect escape, and it’s free! Stop in at Graeser Park, Rock Island and restored Lilac Park—all located on an 8-mile stretch of Highway 100. Bring a lunch, family and friends, and see the heroic preservation efforts of dedicated volunteers and MnDOT. These three Insta-worthy historic 1939 parks…

How much did a Lilac Way stone picnic table cost in 1938?

Cool find! MnDOT’s Historic Roadside Property Program Manager noted something interesting in a 1938 MnDOT Belt Line report showing the cost of creating a Lilac Way stone picnic tables. The seven original Lilac Way parks each had these unique stone tables. The parks were built alongside Highway 100 during the Great Depression, providing work for…

Read a transcribed 1937 Hennepin County Review article, ‘Splendid Highway Will be Opened Next Spring’

Transcribed in April, 2021 with original punctuation and structure, this 1937 Hennepin County Review article includes lots of interesting details. Now you can browse or search the story in easy-to-read, mobile-friendly text. Thanks to Jeanne Andersen at the St. Louis Park Historical Society for giving us this article. Hennepin County Review  |  December 16, 1937…

Rock Island cleared of invasive trees and shrubs, MnDOT proposes more improvements

April 9, 2021. Rock Island has a dramatic new look! This historic Lilac Way park hasn’t seen this much action in decades. After marking protected trees and shrubs with blue ribbons, MnDOT removed diseased, damaged and invasive trees and shrubs in late March 2021. Thanks to Historic Roadside Property Program (HRPP) Manager Andrea Weber for…

Read a transcribed 1938 Minneapolis Journal article, ‘Lilac Way Here Soon’

Kristi Gibson of the Robbinsdale Historical Society transcribed an original hard-to-read 1938 Minneapolis Journal article, and even recreated the layout. Now you can browse or search the story in easy-to-read, mobile-friendly text. Scroll down to see her replication of the article as it appeared in the newspaper. Thanks for preserving this piece of Lilac Way…

Rock Island: MnDOT removing diseased, damaged and invasive trees and shrubs in March 2021

Rock Island will be getting some well-deserved TLC from MnDOT starting March 22-26. Invasive plants and trees are causing damage to the historic stone structures and deterring growth of quality plantings in Rock Island. Built during the Great Depression, it is all that remains of the original Lilac Park near Minnetonka Boulevard and Highway 100.…