Minnesota's only two licensed marine archaeologists have made it their mission to study what’s at the bottom of local lakes—including Lake Minnetonka—in order to better understand our past. Read more about What's at the Bottom of Minnesota's Lakes? These Marine Archaeologists Are Finding Out
In 1901, Dr. George LaPaul had a stern-wheel steamboat built bearing his name at a cost of $10,000.
The George launched from the Excelsior docks with a large crowd of over 1,000 spectators. The boat held 800 passengers and was the largest boat on Lake Minnetonka at the time.
In 1908, after various owners and re-namings, the Excelsior was considered antiquated, was decommissioned, and shortly afterward had her engines, boilers and other valuable equipment removed. Read more about In 1909, Thousands Watched a Fiery Funeral for Lake Minnetonka's Largest Boat
Many have driven past and visited Oak Hill Cemetery, located along Excelsior Boulevard and Highway 7 near Excelsior, where more than a thousand local residents have been buried since the 1800s. Read more about The History of Oak Hill Cemetery Holds Lessons for the Present