Dig deeper into Lilac Way’s story.

Once you start down the rabbit hole, you’ll be amazed where it takes you. Includes links to old news articles, National Park Services info, aerial maps and more.

Resources will be added as they are available. Have something to share on this page? Contact Karen.

*This page is being revised to split the info into separate pages. For now, just scroll down.

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Aerial Maps & Photography

Please note: The images on these sites are large and may load a bit slowly.

Hennepin County Aerial Photography Index, University of MN Libraries. Aerial photos of Lilac Way have a wealth of info—parks, roads, landscaping, etc.

Maps of particular Lilac Way interest include 19371940195119531956195719601962, 19641967196919711991.

Hennepin County Interactive Maps. Shows aerial views, 2000 to present day.

Hennepin County Aerial Photography, University of MN Libraries.

Maps of particular Lilac Way interest include:

Minnesota Historical Aerial Photographs Online, University of MN Libraries. Shows aerial photos from 1920 – 2000. Easy to use, just zoom into your preferred area and select a time period.

Arthur Nichols, Landscape Architect Research and Resources >>>

Carl Graeser, Engineer, Research and Resources >>>

Climate Change and Lilacs Research and Resources >>>

Graeser Park Research and Resources >>>

Highway and Transportation Research and Resources >>>

Lilac Park, Renewed Research and Resources >>>

Lilac Way, History Research and Resources >>>

Miscellaneous Resources

Miller, Hugh. 1968. “TH 100 Construction in Progress.” Discusses Excelsior Boulevard intersection redesign, but doesn’t mention Excelsior Blvd. Park, which was removed for this construction. MnDOT’s Minnesota Highways, Summer 1968.

Minnesota Reflections. A database of digitized original materials shared by cultural heritage organizations located across Minnesota. Includes images, text, audio, film, etc. The premier project of the Minnesota Digital Library.

National Park Service. 2006. New Deal Roadside Landscape Features: Identifying Significant Themes. Informative outline of MnDOT’s statewide inventory of historic roadside facilities. (currently offline, looking for new option)

National Park Service website. PARKitecture in Western National Parks. Early Twentieth Century Rustic & Design Naturalism. The Gateways section shows photos that resemble Lilac Way entrance signage.

Newspaper Articles, Transcribed For Easy Reading

“Lilac Way Here Soon.” Minneapolis Journal, Sunday, January 30, 1938. N. W. Elsberg, state highway engineer, announced the road from Fort Snelling-Shakopee highway on the south to Robbinsdale on the north will be finished by late spring, except for surfacing, improvements and one contemplated clover leaf road separation.

Splendid Highway Will be Opened Next Spring. Hennepin County Review, December 16, 1937. Describes cloverleaf intersections, managing traffic from Minneapolis, WPA, payments of workers.

Rock Island (North End Of Original Lilac Park, Minnetonka Blvd.)

City of St. Louis Park Study Session, Nov. 19, 2012. Title: Highway 100 Reconstruction Update. PDF, 7 pages. POLICY CONSIDERATION: Staff seeks Council input and feedback on what involvement, if any, should the City consider in preserving the Rock Garden. Outlines features/remains. Includes a two-page Attachment with background and recommendations from Rick Birno, who oversaw the renewed Lilac Park project.

Videos And Video Transcripts

Watch TPT’s Highway 100 – Lilac Way documentary film. The show that inspired the launch of restorelilacway.com in 2008. Examines one of Minnesota’s most historic stretches of roadway, capturing the history of Depression-era landmarks along one of the first highways in the Twin Cities.

Read a transcript of TPT’s Highway 100 – Lilac Way documentary. One cold Minnesota winter, Karen transcribed TPT’s Highway 100: Lilac Way 2001 film. Totally worth it, now it’s searchable. Or, you can watch the film.

Restore Lilac Way’s featured videos page. Lots of cool stuff—360° walk around Graeser Park’s beehive, CCX News stories, the Lions Club’s hard work. Or watch a video of the SLP beehive fireplace moving to its new location in 2008.

Restore Lilac Way’s YouTube channel. Tons of cool stuff.

Restore Lilac Way’s Graeser Park YouTube playlist. All Graeser Park, all the time. In 2021, MnDot’s Historic Roadside Property Program launched a major three-phase project to preserve and restore this 1940 Depression-era park in Robbinsdale, MN. A series of small projects totaling just under $500,000 was led by Program Manager Andrea Salo Weber, PLA. Now preserved and restored to historic standards, it is a national treasure.

Restore Lilac Way’s Rock Island YouTube playlist. Cool tours of this hidden Lilac Way park in St. Louis Park, MN.

Ross, Jenna. 10.7.2008. Picking up pieces of past from area roads, highways: A stone fireplace—built on what was called Lilac Way but is now known as Hwy. 100—will get a new home in St. Louis Park.. Star Tribune.

St. Louis Park Historical Society, slphistory.org. History of Highway 100.

St. Louis Park Historical Society, slphistory.org. Highway 100 Roadside Parks.