Category Archives: Minnesota Resorts

Postcard Images Donated by Lyell Henry

I want to thank Lyell Henry for his recent donation of postcard photos viewed in the “Share your History” of this website. Lyell shares a varied background and a common interest in early tourism, especially as it relates to motels, … Continue reading

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Douglas Lodge: Classic Blue Ribbon Resort #5

One of my all-time favorite places to visit is the historic Douglas Lodge, located on Lake Itasca at Itasca State Park in north central Minnesota. (Lake Itasca is the official source of the Mississippi River.) While few log structures built … Continue reading

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What would you name your resort?

The Minneapolis Star Tribune (Sunday, August 10, 2014 edition) contains an article written by columnist James Lilek in the “twin cities + region” section under “around the state.” If you still have the newspaper, you can find it on page … Continue reading

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Postcards donated by Darryl Hensel

Darryl Hensel helped me immensely in gathering resort information from the Park Rapids–Itasca Park–Mantrap Valley areas. He unselfishly contributed many early resort images from his collection for my book, The Early Resorts of Minnesota. Now Darryl has offered all the … Continue reading

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Postcards Donated by Steve Muckala

Steve Muckala grew up in Bagley and worked in the Itasca State Park area for several years. He has a passion for history and has accumulated a nice collection of Clearwater County items. His postcard collection contains some 200 cards … Continue reading

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Grand View Lodge: Classic Blue Ribbon Resort #4

In October, I had the pleasure of presenting a program on early tourism at the 2013 Minnesota Resort and Campground Association Fall Conference and Expo held at Grand View Lodge’s Gull Lake Center. It is interesting to see how a … Continue reading

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Gunflint Lodge: Classic Blue Ribbon Resort #3

About fifty miles up the Gunflint Trail, northwest of Grand Marais, there exists one of the most famous lodges in northern Minnesota: Gunflint Lodge on Gunflint Lake. While most resorts have changed hands many times over the years, including the … Continue reading

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Sharing your old resort postcards

Rick Wolfe, from Crosby, Minnesota, has donated digital copies of many old resort postcards from his personal collection to this website. Rick is a postcard collector with 40 years of experience. He is also a stamp collector and seller through … Continue reading

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They’ll Be Back! Recognizing Vacation Milestones

On August 3, 2013, I enjoyed speaking again at Itasca State Park’s Brower Visitor Center as part of the Presenter Under the Pines Series. My talk included slides of early tourism in and around Itasca Park. I was happy to … Continue reading

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Guess Who Turned Ninety

On July 21, I was at the Minnesota Fishing Museum in Little Falls to help celebrate Al Baert’s 90th birthday. Al is the museum’s founder and continues to be an important part of its operation. (He was also one of … Continue reading

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