Category Archives: Minnesota Resorts

Austin Page Turners Author Series

I recently had the pleasure of presenting a program in the Ruby Rupner Auditorium at the Hormel Nature Center at Austin, Minnesota. It was sponsored by the Austin Page Turners as part of a vacations theme for their 2015 citywide … Continue reading

Posted in All blog entries, Minnesota Resorts | Leave a comment

Inconsistencies in old maps

If you’re interested in resort history, maps can be a valuable resource for finding information. Early tourists relied on them not only to show how to reach a resort, but to know what amenities were offered. The maps were usually … Continue reading

Posted in All blog entries, Minnesota Resorts, Minnesota Tourism | Leave a comment

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

Posted in All blog entries, Minnesota Resorts, Minnesota Tourism, Readers' Stories | Leave a comment

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

Posted in All blog entries, Classic Blue Ribbon Resorts, Minnesota Resorts, Minnesota Tourism | Leave a comment

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

Posted in All blog entries, Minnesota Resorts, Minnesota Tourism | Leave a comment

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

Posted in All blog entries, Minnesota Resorts, Minnesota Tourism, Readers' Stories | 1 Comment

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

Posted in All blog entries, Minnesota Resorts, Minnesota Tourism, Readers' Stories | Leave a comment

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

Posted in All blog entries, Classic Blue Ribbon Resorts, Minnesota Resorts, Minnesota Tourism | Leave a comment

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

Posted in All blog entries, Classic Blue Ribbon Resorts, Minnesota Resorts, Minnesota Tourism | Leave a comment

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

Posted in All blog entries, Minnesota Resorts, Minnesota Tourism, Readers' Stories | Leave a comment