PHOTO ALBUMS

Take a drive down Lilac Way.

Browse photos—old and new—of beehive fireplaces and wayside rest parks.

See how Highway 100 was built in 1939, and follow today’s restoration efforts.

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Roadside Parks of Lilac Way

In 1939, there were 7-10 parks built by MnDOT and the WPA along a 12.5 mile stretch of Highway 100 known as Lilac Way. Learn more

FEATURED PARKS
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RESTORED: Lilac Park (formerly Roadside Park), St. Louis Park, MN

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NEEDS TO BE RESTORED: Graeser Park, Robbinsdale, MN

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NEEDS TO BE RESTORED: Rock Island (AKA Monkey Island), St. Louis Park, MN

FEATURED HISTORICAL ALBUM
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Original Lilac Way Parks, 1939-41

Beehive Fireplaces of Lilac Way

Hand-built by unemployed stonemasons during the Great Depression, these beehive-shaped fireplaces were along Highway 100 in roadside parks. The National Park Service and MnDOT can document only these two “beehive” fireplaces remaining in the U.S. Learn more

FEATURED BEEHIVE ALBUMS
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Beehive fireplace design, 1937

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MnDOT’s former Beehive Graveyard, 2008

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Moving an historical beehive fireplace

Building Highway 100 and Lilac Way

Designed by German engineer Carl Graeser and built by the Minnesota Highway Department, unemployed men from Minneapolis’ Gateway District helped build Lilac Way by hand. Learn more

FEATURED ALBUMS OF BUILDING LILAC WAY
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Construction during the Great Depression

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First cloverleaf interchange in MN

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Road workers from Minneapolis’ Gateway District, 1937-39

Restoration of Lilac Way

One Lilac Way park has been restored, and there are community projects to save and restore two more. Learn more

FEATURED RESTORATION ALBUMS
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RESTORED: Lilac Park, 2009

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Maintaining Graeser Park in hopes of restoration

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Lilac Park restoration process

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Moving an historical beehive fireplace

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Lilac Park Grand Opening, 2009

Branding and design for Lilac Way

Inspired by a TPT show. Created by Laukkonen Design as a pro bono civic project to document the history and support restoration efforts. Learn more

FEATURED BRANDING ALBUMS
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Lilac Way branding

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WPA poster inspiration

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Lilac Way signage

Golden Valley Garden Club and Lilac Festivals

In the 1930s, a group of amazing women sold lilacs for 15 cents each, raising money to plant lilacs on Highway 100. Then they had a parade. Learn more

FEATURED ALBUMS OF GARDEN CLUB AND FESTIVALS
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The Golden Valley Garden Club

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Lilac Way display, Golden Valley Historical Society Museum

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Lilac Festivals