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Twin Cities Public Television, Inc. Highway 100: Lilac Way (video), documentary video. 2001.

Video Transcripts

TPT’s Highway 100: Lilac Way documentary, 2001. PDF, 929kb

Print publications (PDF)

Highway 100: Minnesota’s First Freeway Once Known As ‘Beltline’ & ‘Lilac Way’. Author Joe Sullivan. City of Edina About Town Magazine. Pages 6-11. PDF 1.3MB

Problem Solving for Environmental Change. The City of Fridley, MN. 12.14.2015. PDF 3.8MB

Highway 100, Then and Now. AAA Live/Play magazine, May/June 2015. PDF 5.2MB


1964 Minnesota Department of Highways Maintenance Area 5A Wayside Rest Area Inventory, Minnesota. Minnesota Reflections. reflections.mndigital.org. (Minnesota Reflections is a database of digitized original materials shared by cultural heritage organizations, includes images, text, audio, film, and more. Is the premier project of the Minnesota Digital Library.)

Mn Dot Library Catalog, Minnesota Department of Transportation This is searchable. reflections.mndigital.org

Lilac Way: Showcase of the Belt Line, 10.17.2014. ForgottenMinnesota.com

New Deal Roadside Landscape Features: Identifying Significant Themes. Informative outline of MnDOT’s statewide inventory of historic roadside facilities. National Park Service, 2006 Currents publication

The Beehives of Highway 100, Twin Cities. HighwayHighlights.com

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

Final Surviving Remnants of the Original Lilac Way in St Louis Park. 9.14.2014. DeadPioneer.com

MN Trunk Highway (TH) 100 Reconstruction, Glenwood Avenue to North of 50th Avenue North, Hennepin County: Environmental Impact. 1998

Minnesota Highways, Summer 1968 issue newsletter. Pages 10-12, discusses Excelsior Boulevard intersection redesign, but doesn’t mention Excelsior Blvd. Park, which was removed for this construction.


Henning, Barbara J. Phases I and II Cultural Resource Historical Investigation: TH 100 (Lilac Way) S.P. 2743. Prepared for Minnesota Department of Transportation by Rivercrest Associates, Inc., September 1997.


MnDOT Historic Roadside Development Structures Inventories

Excelsior Boulevard Roadside Parking Area in St. Louis Park and the Glenwood Avenue Roadside Parking Area were razed before MnDOT’s inventories were completed in November of 1997.