One cold Minnesota winter, I transcribed TPT’s Highway 100: Lilac Way 2001 film. Totally worth it, now it’s searchable. Or, you can watch the film.
In The News (Print)
Korf, Jamie and McMurtrey, Garrison. May/June 2015. Highway 100, Then and Now. Live | Play | AAA Magazine. 5.2MB PDF, 5 pages
Sullivan, Joe. Fall 2008. Highway 100: Minnesota’s First Freeway Once Known As ‘Beltline’ & ‘Lilac Way’. City of Edina About Town Magazine. 1.3MB PDF, 7 pages
MN State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)
The 106 Group. Prepared by Mathis, Greg. October 16, 2006. Graeser Park – Minnesota History/Architecture Inventory Form. Project: CSAH 81 Hennepin, Robbinsdale, MN. 800KB PDF, 4 pages
The Lilac Way Legacy Project Award, AASHTO
2003. Lilac Way was chosen for a Legacy Award for its place-sensitive design, strong historic and cultural preservation effort and extensive citizen involvement by the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials. 135KB PDF, 1 page
Website Links (External)
Living New Deal: Documenting the New Deal Legacy. Lilac Way parks should be added to their list.
Cartwright, R.L. St. Paul native John Vachon made a mark with his photographs of the Depression-era Midwest. minnpost.com, May 6 2019
Castleman, Monte. A History of Highway 100 Part One: Overview. Streets.Mn, June 12 2019.
Castleman, Monte. A History of Highway 100 Part Two: The Parks of Lilac Way. Streets.Mn. July 17 2019. (He includes some parks that were not included in the original seven Lilac Way parks.)
Castleman, Monte. A History of Minnesota’s Highways Part One. Streets.Mn. July 17 2019.
Kopischke, Greg. Morell & Nichols. zenithcity.com
Multiple authors. MnDot Library Catalog, Minnesota Department of Transportation. reflections.mndigital.org
Minnesota Highways. Summer 1968 newsletter. Pages 10-12, discusses Excelsior Boulevard intersection redesign, but doesn’t mention Excelsior Blvd. Park, which was removed for this construction. reflections.mndigital.org
National Park Service. 2006. New Deal Roadside Landscape Features: Identifying Significant Themes. Informative outline of MnDOT’s statewide inventory of historic roadside facilities. nps.gov
National Archives Catalog. Works Progress Administration, MN (document search).
Meshbesher, Samuel. The rise and fall of Minneapolis’ Gateway District. MinnPost. 7.01.2019.
Budburst.org. Uncovers the stories of how lilacs are affected by a changing climate.
Dead Pioneer. Sept. 14, 2014. Final Surviving Remnants of the Original Lilac Way in St Louis Park. 9.14.2014. DeadPioneer.com
Request Works Progress Administration (WPA) Personnel Records, National Archives. The WPA personnel records consist of forms that often detail employees’ project assignments, certification for relief, service initiation
and termination, and earnings. These records are archival as they have been transferred by the originating agency to the legal custody of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
_____, Seth. May 14, 2014. The Beehives of Highway 100, Twin Cities. HighwayHighlights.com
_____. Oct. 17, 2014. Lilac Way: Showcase of the Belt Line. ForgottenMinnesota.com
Images (External site, large images may load a bit slowly)
Minnesota Historical Aerial Photographs Online
Minnesota Historical Aerial Photographs Online show state of MN with aerial photos from 1920 – 2000. Easy to use, just zoom into your preferred area and select the time period.
Hennepin County Interactive Map
Hennepin County Interactive Map, shows high-resolution aerial photos, 2000 – present.