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Columbia Park Collection M/A 1883.03.01

Columbia Park Collection M/A 1883.03.01

Creator:Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.
Title: Columbia Park Collection
Quantity: 1.0 boxes
Repository: James K. Hosmer Special Collections Library


Columbia Park in Northeast Minneapolis was acquired in 1892. The park board at that time was encouraged by William Folwell to acquire park lands in areas other than the southwestern park of the city. The owners of the land near and including Sandy Lake proposed to sell the shallow lake and the surrounding land, 144 acres total. The Park Board paid just over $200,000 for the land. The purchase was done at the top of a real estate boom which caused former park commissioner Andrew Boardman to later write the timing of the purchase of Columbia Park was one of the park board's biggest mistakes. In 1918 the former bed of Sandy Lake was converted into a six hole golf course. By 1922 the course was expanded to eighteen holes.

Description of Collection

One box of materials includes six (6) detailed maps retraced from the 1892 Foote Atlas and the 1912 Improvement Plan from the Minneapolis Park Board. Written material includes copies of correspondence to the Superintendent of Parks dating from 1892-1898. There are also copies of articles from Park Board Commissioners annual report and a history paper prepared by student Jack T. Surek.

Subject Headings


Columbia Park. (Minneapolis, Minn.)

Table of Contents

Paper, articles, correspondence -- Box 1, Folder 1
6 maps -- Box 1, Folder 1

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