Dig deeper into Lilac Way’s story.

Once you start down the rabbit hole, you’ll be amazed where it takes you.

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

MnDOT Documents

It’s a Lilac Way pot of gold—Lilac Way Inventories from 1964 and 1997, Gemini Research reports, and MnDOT reports. Get a cup of coffee and settle in.


Lots of cool stuff—360° walk around of 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.

Video Transcripts

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.

Print Publications (PDF)

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

Korf, Jamie and McMurtrey, Garrison. May/June 2015. Highway 100, Then and Now. Live | Play | AAA Magazine. 5.2MB PDF, 5 pages

Historical Aerial Photos

Aerial photos of Lilac Way have an amazing wealth of info—parks, roads, landscaping. The Index of Hennepin County aerial photography includes 1937, 19401951, 1953, 1956, 1957, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1991

Maps of particular Lilac Way interest (more to be added)

1940. Highway 12 (now 394) and Highway 100 Interchange

1956. Graeser Park and Twin Lakes (the second cloverleaf at bottom of photo is the first cloverleaf built in MN, located at Highways 7 and 100.

Hennepin County Interactive Map, shows high-resolution aerial photos, 2000 – present.

Website Links

_____, 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

Multiple authors. MnDot Library Catalog, Minnesota Department of Transportation. 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

Budburst.org. Uncovers the stories of how plants are affected by a changing client.

Dead Pioneer. Sept. 14, 2014. Final Surviving Remnants of the Original Lilac Way in St Louis Park. 9.14.2014. DeadPioneer.com

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