Then & Now

Excelsior's Trinity Episcopal Church chapel circa 1920.

Trinity Episcopal Church has a complicated and dramatic history.

In this historical photo, a group of ice boats sail on Lake Minnetonka.

Ice boating came to Lake Minnetonka in the 1880s, and is still popular to this day.

A car drives on part of Yellowstone Trail, a road that once crossed America.

The motto for the trail was “A Good Road from Plymouth Rock to Puget Sound.”

An advertisement for the Big Boat Burning, when the ship Excelsior was lit on fire on Lake Minnetonka.

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.

Lake Minnetonka sailing boat the Onawa

Built in 1893 by “Minnetonka’s Boat Builder” Arthur Dyer for Hazen and Ward Burton, the boat was conceived with the idea that greater speed could be attained by sailing over the water, rather than through it.

Tonka Bay Boat Works brochure

The history of the business also serves as a family history.

With all the transformations to downtown Wayzata, one place has remained the same: the Wayzata Depot and the trains rumbling along the shore of the lake.

The 100th year of St. Bartholomew Catholic Faith Community’s history in Wayzata is drawing to a close.

Father Colman Barry, left, and Bill Kling at the first MPR station in Collegeville, Minn.

The Cottagewood Store in Deephaven opens each spring for the season and closes again on the evening of Halloween, with special events in the fall and winter like a chili cook-off and a Christmas festival.

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