Black and white photograph of crowd at the Minnesota State Fair, c. 1910.

View of Crowd at the State Fair

A view of the crowd at the Minnesota State Fair, c. 1910.

Colored postcard of the Minnesota State Fair Domestic Arts and Handicrafts building, c. 1910.

Woman's Building, State Fair

Colored postcard of the Minnesota State Fair Domestic Arts and Handicrafts building, c. 1910.

The Minnesota State Fair: Origins and Traditions

The Minnesota State Fair is a yearly celebration of agriculture, crafts, food, and community. In the twenty-first century, nearly 1.8 million people attend the twelve-day event every year, making it the second-largest state fair in the nation. The gathering is a Minnesota tradition that has more than earned its nickname, "The Great Minnesota Get-Together."

Dormitory at Coney Island Hotel

Dormitory at Coney Island Hotel

This image shows the second hotel building, which later became the boarding house, or dormitory, for hotel staff.
Rights held by the CCHS.

Cottages at Coney Island Hotel

Cottages at Coney Island Hotel

This image shows some of the many cottages built as part of the resort, to be rented out by guests.
Rights held by the CCHS.

Main Building of Coney Island

Main Building of Coney Island

This shows the original hotel building, which also sometimes served as a private residence to the hotel and resort owners.
Rights held by the CCHS.

Coney Island of the West, 1884–1960

The history of Coney Island as a resort begins when Josephine Hassenstab sold the 31.85-acre island to Lambert Naegele in March, 1884, for $5,200. While Waconia already had several hotels such as the North Star, Lake House, and the Sherman House, the Coney Island Hotel and its resort became the most popular of all of Waconia's hotels and contributed to the town's status as a favorite summer resort.

The Twins Frank Viola prepares to pitch in the Metrodome. He would go on to win two games and be named the World Series MVP

Pitcher Frank Viola

The Twins Frank Viola prepares to pitch in the Metrodome. He would go on to win two games and be named the World Series MVP

 Kirby Puckett squares away in this at-bat in the Metrodome. He would go on to hit .357 in the Series.

Kirby Puckett at-bat

Kirby Puckett squares away in this at-bat in the Metrodome. He would go on to hit .357 in the Series.

Twins' catcher Tim Laudner watches a foul ball fly out of reach, and into the Metrodome seats.

Twins Catcher Tim Laudner

Twins' catcher Tim Laudner watches a foul ball fly out of reach, and into the Metrodome seats.

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