By Eric Dregni

Lake Minnetonka is well known for its average attractiveness in addition to the sought after humans it has drawn to its seashores as a historical web site of grand resorts, steamboats, and filthy rich viewers from world wide, and because the domestic of the mythical Excelsior leisure Park. yet do you know that early ecu settlers to the zone confronted stipulations so dire that they named an outlet of the lake “Purgatory Creek”? Or ginseng growth introduced slaves to Wayzata to reap the plant’s roots? Many be aware of that Frank Lloyd Wright designed well-known houses round the lake, yet few are conscious he used to be additionally arrested there for residing together with his mistress and despatched to the Hennepin County detention center for “white slavery.”

By the Waters of Minnetonka uncovers outstanding and hidden evidence in regards to the lake and people who have lived on its beaches, from the region’s unique Dakota population to the current. Nineteenth-century plantation vendors made Minnetonka right into a summer time holiday playground for the rich, and Prohibition-era battles led teetotalers to hoax Minneapolis newspapers approximately bloody clashes among preachers and saloon vendors.

Eric Dregni, who grew up in Minnetonka, sheds gentle on interesting, if every now and then unsettling, facets of the lake’s heritage, not easy myths and revisiting parts of the previous which were forgotten or glossed over. He additionally relates—and occasionally pokes enjoyable at—the opulent, glamorous, and infrequently raucous moments that experience made Lake Minnetonka an icon of well suited lodge residing in Minnesota.

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