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Starks Bar and Grill 2010Long time Eagan business located at 3125 Dodd Rd, Eagan.
Hillside Inn later the Valley LoungeAn early view of the Valley Lounge, Highway 13 and Yankee Doodle Road. In 1937 it was the Hillside Inn.
James Slater #1 and wife Bridget O'BrienBirth year is unknown, death Oct 8, 1886, his wife Bridget 1826 - 1913. They were parents to James Slater who would marry Margaret Corrigan.
Bridget O'Brien SlaterWife of James Slater (#1) 1826 - 1913) pioneer family in Eagan.
Lone Oak sculpture unveiled in Eagan 2019Lone Oak’ unveiled in Eagan- Burnsville Eagan Sun/Thisweek News - by Andy Rogers Sept 29, 2019
In photo - Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire, left, thanks artist Jim Brenner.

City’s 22nd public art project

The “Lone Oak” was revealed last week at Eagan City Hall plaza.

The sculpture of an oak tree, completed with COR-TEN steel, was recently constructed by artist Jim Brenner.

“The steel tree reaches to the sky, adorned with colorful, transparent leaves,” Mayor Mike Maguire said according to a copy of his prepared remarks. “You can see the history, diversity, and projection of our community in this tree. It connects to our deep roots and a long history of the original Lone Oak Tree, a symbol of Eagan.”

According to the Dakota County Historical Society, the historical lone oak tree once stood at what is now the corner of Dodd Road and Highway 55. It served as a meeting place and bulletin board for the small farming community in the 1800s.

The sculpture is also surrounded by limestone benches. It’s the 22nd public piece of art installed by the city.

“In 2015, we as a city adopted aspirational principles for public art and place-making and developed goals for art in our public places,” Maguire said.

He’s proud that the city invests in public art “because our community knows the value of art – and how it brings a sense of place, beauty and connection in our community,” he said.

The unveiling is taking place during Eagan Art Block, a 16-day event with 23 hosts and 40 events celebrating art in Eagan.
The Historic Sibley HouseThe Sibley House located on Highway 13 in Mendota.
James and Margaret SlaterJames 1855 - 1941 and Margaret Corrigan his wife 1861 - 1949 lived on a farm at the corner of what is now Highway 13 and Nicols Road. Their children were;

Joseph Slater (1889 - 1960)*
Edmund J Slater (1894 - 1953)*
Mayme Slater LeMay (1897 - 1983)*
Raymond Slater (1900 - 1912)*
Frank Slater (1902 - 1978)*
Margaret Lillian Slater (1905 - 1912)*
Cedarvale Mall 1978When Cedarvale first opened in Eagan it provided nearby grocery, drug and hardware stores for those living in the River Hills. There were two additions to the mall, which eventually closed due to lack of business.
EaganEagan 4th of July parade - believed to be 1976.
Train derailsTrain derails near Cedar Avenue in Eagan. Burnsville, Eagan emergency crews respond. January 26, 1977 Burnsville Current.
Coal Barge at NicolsCoal Barge near Nicols in Eagan, 1935.
Ice Harvesting at NicolsIce Harvesting machine at Nicols (Eagan) circa 1935.
Don Spencer and Lode HauseDon Spencer and Lode Hause, Nicols (Eagan) residents circa 1935.
Ice Skating at NicolsIce Skating on the river at Nicols (Eagan) 1935.
Jim McCrank, NicolsJim McCrank, Nicols, in onion patch circa 1935.
Jim McCrank, NicolsJim McCrank with car circa 1935 in Nicols (Eagan).
Jim McCrank, NicolsJim McCrank fishing in the river near Nicols (Eagan) circa 1935.
River at NicolsThe River viewed from the Cedar Avenue Bridge Nicols (Eagan) circa 1935.
Skating at Nicols in EaganAn area of Eagan was called Nicols, it was the site of the rail road depot and Jim Scott General Store. Shown are skaters on the river.
Cedarvale Shopping MallOne of the entries into Cedarvale.
A & W Drive-in at CedarvaleThe A & W was in the lot area to the west of Cedarvale. This photo was taken from Beau D' Rue which ran on the south side of the mall (Oct 1972).
Jerry's Home and Garden Showplace 2018For over 50 years this home and garden center on Nicols Road has served Eagan and Burnsville.
Cedarvale updates 1969November 6, 1969 - Work began on a 16,000 square foot addition to Cedarvale.
Cedarvale addition approved 1967June 15, 1967 Dakota County Tribune:

Plans for a $300,000 addition to Cedarvale were approved...
A history of EaganPublished in the Eagan Community Guide and Business Directory 2015 - 2016.
Airliner Motel EaganAirliner Motel, Eagan Minnesota compliments of Kevin Hall.
Jerry's Home and Garden Showplace 2018A summer view of the entry into Jerry's on NIcols Road for over 50 years.
Eagan logo/flag An earlier version of a City of Eagan Flag showing the "Loan Oak" tree logo.
Easter Dance Nicols HallApril 19, 1935 West St Paul Booster ad for Nicols Hall.
Cedarvale MallThe opening of Cedarvale brought a major grocery store - Applebaum's to the area. For some living in River Hills, shopping at Cedarvale was convenient. For many Burnsville high students, it meant a first job.

Founder Sid was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota on February 28, 1924 to Oscar and Bertha Applebaum. He was the youngest son and second youngest child of nine. His parents immigrated to the United States from Russia on their honeymoon. Oscar Applebaum sold produce door-to-door in St. Paul, Minnesota from a horse-drawn wagon. Oscar opened a fruit stand on the corner of St. Peter and 7th streets in downtown St. Paul with a $65 loan from his eldest son. That fruit stand became the first Applebaum's Food Market. As a young boy, Sid Applebaum bundled soap, bagged rice, worked as a box boy and delivered fruit and produce for his father’s fruit stand.

By 1979, the family business included about 30 metro-area Applebaum's stores and one in Duluth. In 1979, the chain was sold to National Tea Co., and Applebaum continued on, working for them.
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