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 resort images from his extensive digital collection for the “Share your History” section of my website.
You can view a video slide show of the 180+ postcards below (which can be paused, etc.), or click here to search Darryl’s “Shared Photos” section for a complete alphabetical list of postcards from 60+ resorts, of which these are still operating: Brookside Resort, In We Go Resort, Isle O’ Dreams Lodge, Loon’s Nest Resort, Pine Cone Lodge & Vacation Rentals, Round Bay Resort, and Timberlane Resort.
Many thanks to Darryl for helping preserve resort history, and for allowing others to enjoy his collection.
I love all of these old images of MN ‘back in the day’ and the resort life! Thanks so much for sharing and pulling all the information together!