The MN Department of Highways built a 66-mile ‘Belt Line’ loop around the Twin Cities, completed in 1950. It played a key role in the post-World War II economic development and growth pattern of the Twin Cities.
Lilac Way was the ‘Showcase’ section of the Belt Line.
This 12.5 mile stretch of Highway 100 was lined with thousands of lilac bushes and seven roadside parks.
It’s just 12.5 miles of Highway 100 between Highway 52 (now 81) in Robbinsdale, and Highway 5 (78th Street) in Edina. Parts of the Belt Line were later developed into 494/694.