Lake view of the Hotel Buena Vista in Mound, 1905.

Hotel Buena Vista, Lake Minnetonka, Mound

Lake view of the Hotel Buena Vista in Mound, 1905.

Black-and-white photograph of children on the porch of the Lafayette Hotel, c.1890.

Children on porch of Lafayette Hotel, Minnetonka Beach

Black-and-white photograph of children on the Porch of the Lafayette Hotel, c.1890.

Black-and-white image from Michael Nowack's album of Lake Minnetonka photographs, 1881.

View of Lake Minnetonka from the Hotel Saint Louis

Black-and-white image from Michael Nowack's album of Lake Minnetonka photographs, 1881.

Carte-de-visite of Chapman's Hotel, c.1875.

Chapman's Hotel, Lake Minnetonka, Mound

Carte-de-visite of Chapman's Hotel, c.1875.

Black-and-white photograph of the Hotel Lafayette, c.1883

Hotel Lafayette, Minnetonka Beach

Black-and-white photograph of the Hotel Lafayette, c.1883

Color postcard of the Hotel Keewaydin, c.1910.

Hotel Keewaydin, Lake Minnetonka

Color postcard of the Hotel Keewaydin, c.1910.

Color postcard of the Dancing Pavilion at the Hotel Del Otero, c.1910.

Dancing Pavilion, Hotel del Otero, Spring Park, Lake Minnetonka

Color postcard of the Dancing Pavilion at the Hotel Del Otero, c.1910.

Lake Minnetonka Resort Hotels

From early inns and boarding houses to the magnificent eight-hundred-room Hotel Lafayette, during the last decades of the nineteenth century, Lake Minnetonka was transformed into one of the resort capitals of America. In the 1870s and 1880s, tourists from across the nation came to stay at the resort hotels that prospered on the shores of one of Minnesota's most famous lakes.

Wilford "Captain Billy" Fawcett with a trapshooting shotgun. Fawcett captained the U.S. trapshooting team at the 1924 Olympics

Wilford "Captain Billy" Fawcett

Wilford "Captain Billy" Fawcett with a trapshooting shotgun. Fawcett captained the U.S. trapshooting team at the 1924 Olympics

Photograph of an exhibition golf match between Wilford "Captain Billy" Fawcett and American champion Walter Hagen at Breezy Point Resort, 1926.

Exhibition golf match at Breezy Point Resort

Photograph of an exhibition golf match between Wilford "Captain Billy" Fawcett and American champion Walter Hagen at Breezy Point Resort, 1926.

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