First, watch the documentary that inspired this website.
2001. Highway 100: Lilac Way. Examines Lilac Way, one of Minnesota’s most historic stretches of roadway, capturing the history of Depression-era WPA-built landmarks along one of the first highways in Twin Cities. Produced by Twin Cities Public TV.
Funded by Federal Highway Administration and MnDOT. Length – 28:16
July 7, 2018. Our City’s Historic Rock Garden. ParkTV interview with Diane Steen-Hinderlie, talking about the historic Lilac Way ‘Rock Garden’ section of the original Lilac Park on Minnetonka Boulevard and Highway 100. Length – 19:36
June 28, 2018. Graeser Park in Robbinsdale. Kent Brun arranged this interview with spunky Helen Deysher and her sister Marion Erickson, who grew up in the house right next to Graeser Park in the 1930s. Their dad was friends with Carl Graeser. Thanks to Neil Pursley at CCX Media! Great little piece of history. Length – 2:18
July 15, 2009. Historic beehive fireplace moves to new Lilac Park. The City of St. Louis Park and partners moved the 75 year old beehive fireplace and other WPA-built park features to new Lilac Park and restored them to pristine condition. Bob Reiss and Bob Jorvig from SLP Historical Society pushed for the project for years, and Bob Jorvig was there to cut the ribbon for the new Lilac Park. Length – 4:44
2015. Highway 100 has rich history. Short and sweet video about Highway 100’s history. Includes footage of Graeser Park and interview with Jamie Korf, AAA spokeswoman. Length – 2:26
June 16, 2015. Volunteers work to restore Robbinsdale park. A group of volunteers is trying to preserve history in Robbinsdale. Kent Brun and others are hoping to restore a rundown park that was once a destination spot. Length – 1:54
2001. History of ‘Lilac Way’ in Golden Valley, MN. Features incredible archived footage as it documents Highway 100 in Golden Valley, MN. Length – 13:36
Nov. 8, 2013. Graffiti creates eyesore on historic Robbinsdale structure. Beehive was tagged with spray paint, so disappointing. Northwest Community TV. Length – 0:49
1999. Gateway. Documentary of destruction of Gateway District in Minneapolis, MN. Frequented by the homeless and targeted by “urban renewal’, these were the men who helped build Lilac Way on the WPA Program. Length – 9:05