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Mendota JailSide view of the Historic Mendota Jail built 1915.
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Cedarvale Shopping CenterCedarvale Sign 2007
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LaFonda Eagan-LaFonda's website provides this brief history: Location: 3665 Sibley Memorial Highway, Eagan.

La Fonda was originally established as "Holly Inn" in the spring of 1976. (La Fonda de Acebo) Octaviano "Otis" Trujillo, one of the original owners, re-established La Fonda de Los Lobos in May of 1992. (The Inn of the Wolves) Otis was born in Taos, New Mexico where "Mama Feloniz" still resides at the tender age of 90 surrounded by two of her four children and still enjoys good health. Inspired by his late father Ruben, Otis moved on to Denver, Colorado where he learned the restaurant industry and resided until the move to Minnesota.

The bulk of our foods and recipes originate from Mama Feloniz. Most of our ingredients are still shipped from New Mexico so that we can share with you the very tastes we have enjoyed for years. Thanks Mom . . .
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LaFondaLa Fonda at 3665 Sibley Memorial Hwy, Eagan, MN 55122.
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Mendota City HallMendota City Hall when attached to the "historic" jail.
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Farm scene at Slater Farm EaganNewspaper article for 1952 places the photo 59 years before at the James Slater farm in Eagan.
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Early map of Eagan/MendotaThis map appeared in an issue of the OVER THE YEARS newsletter, published by the Dakota County Historical Society and references Slater Lake.
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Children of Joe and Lillian Slater as adultsJoe Slater was a life long resident of Eagan, he married Lillian Kennelly and they farmed near Rahn Park on Nicols Road. These are their nine children as adults.
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James and Margaret Slater and later Gene and Julia Slater homeThe Slater home and farm was located at Highway 13 and Cedar Avenue, Eagan. Photo 1950s.
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James and Margaret Slater home Eagan (photo 2)James and Margaret Slater's home was located on the border of Eagan and Burnsville, near the present Nicols Road and Highway 13.
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James and Margaret Slater Home EaganOn the border of Burnsville and Eagan, the James and Margaret Slater home was near the current intersections of Highway 13 and Nicols Road.
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Fire practice at the Slater farm EaganOnce the home of James and Margaret (Corrigan) Slater and last their son Gene and his wife Julia, the farm house was burnt as a fire drill in Eagan.
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Fire practice at the Slater farm EaganThis has been identified by the Eagan fire department as being a Slater home being burnt. It was not the Gene or Tom Slater farm, so may be their brother Joe's on Cedar Avenue.
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Fire practice at Slater Farm EaganThis has been identified by the Eagan fire department as being a Slater home. It is not Gene or Tom Slater's, so may be their brother Joe's.
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Fire practice at the Slater farm EaganThis has been identified by the Eagan fire department as being a Slater home being burnt. It is not the Gene or Tom Slater farm, so perhaps the Joe Slater farm on Cedar Avenue.
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James and Margaret SlaterToday people have family photos shot with their phones. In the early 1900s, families went to the city for their portraits. Here are the portraits of James and Margaret Corrigan Slater, which hung in their parlor in Eagan.
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The Eagan Slater familyThe James and Margaret Slater family in Eagan donated this window to St. Peter's Catholic Church which remains in the restored historic church.
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Slide behind Cedarvale 1970sAn entertainment spot for kids and teems behind Cedarvale in Eagan.
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Starks exterior, 2017Long time Eagan business located at 3125 Dodd Road, Eagan.
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Starks address 2017Long time Eagan business located at 3125 Dodd Road, Eagan.
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Starks Bar 20192019 Evening view of Starks Bar.
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Back view of Starks 2017Long time Eagan business located at 3125 Dodd Road, Eagan.
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The closing of StarksStarks, a bar-restaurant, was torn down in August 2022.
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Eagan's half way house comes to a closeNovember 2022 - Dakota County Historical Society newsletter -

The Half Way House, last known as Starks, closes.
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Final photos of Starks, EaganLong time Eagan business located at 3125 Dodd Road, Eagan to be torn down in 2022.
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Final photos of Starks, EaganLong time Eagan business located at 3125 Dodd Road, Eagan to be torn down in 2022.
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Final photos of Starks, EaganLong time Eagan business located at 3125 Dodd Road, Eagan to b e torn down in 2022.
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StarksStarks Bar and Grill for sale, 3125 Dodd Road, Eagan, MN. From their Facebook post - June 2020.

Over the past 26 years we've made many special memories at Starks. It has been our pleasure to serve you! Thank you for all your support. But now we will spend more of our time making different memories, as the kitchen at Starks will remain closed. The bar will also remain closed.
Please help us celebrate this transition by sharing some of your favorite Starks memories. We can't wait to read them!
Sincerely, John, Rhonda, Yanna & Stella
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Starks exterior, 2018Full view of Starks at 3125 Dodd Road, Eagan.
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Starks 2018Full view of the front of Starks in Eagan.
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