View from Durkee’s Hotel

Trenham W - LabelsThis photograph shows the village Glenwood in 1876. Titled “View from Durkee’s Hotel.”
Looking toward the lake from what is now the corner of 1st Avenue and 1st Street NE (by Phil Stumpf’s office – behind Palmer Creations/Glacial Printing), you can see the village of Glenwood and Lake Minnewaska – then known as White Bear Lake.

The buidling in the left foreground is the Lathrop and Kinney office that was used as a courthouse. The building in the center foreground is the bank. The current Minnesota Avenue would run right behind the bank and through the fence around the yard next to the hardware store, and then alongside the log cabin that was Rue’s drugstore.

Trenham WMost of the businesses were centered on Franklin Street and “Green Street” (1st Ave Southwest.) The largest building in the photo is the Wollan Brothers’ store also known as the Fremad Association.

One of my favorite features of this photo is the line in the grass running from the lower right hand corner of the picture to the little fenced in area in the center/left. That is the first waterworks system. Water was piped via tamarack logs from a reservoir north east of the city. The logs were buried 4 feet underground and ran to a trough near what would become the corner of Minnesota Avenue and 1st Street SE/NE. Water was piped from here to other locations around town, but this was a central well location.

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2 Responses to View from Durkee’s Hotel

  1. Rebecca Webb says:

    So basically, we’re standing approximately where the Fountain House Hotel stood, where Emma the Slave Girl was tortured.

    • Ann says:

      Actually, the Fountain house was farther east – where city hall now stands. I found both a photo and a drawing of the Fountain house in our collection. You could add those images to your Emma files.

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