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Apple Valley taking shape in Lebanon381 viewsJanuary 25, 1963 Minneapolis Star Tribune - Orrin Thompson's Apple Valley housing.
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Eaton's Ranch closes after 50 years at same location 1982301 viewsFor more than 50 years, Eaton's Ranch has meant horses, even though the ranch discontinued the dude ranch portion of the operation ten years ago (1972). Art Eaton's father (also Art) opened the ranch in 1930 in Lebanan (now Apple Valley).
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West shop ends reign of the rein (Eaton's Ranch to close) 1982224 views"By the end of the year, the new Cedar Avenue freeway will drill through the heart of Apple Valley's most famous landmark Eaton's Ranch. It opened in the 1930's and was the site of sleighrides, hayrides, trailrides and private partieis. It was the closet many ever got to the old west. Owner was Arthur Eaton Jr, whose parents opened the ranch.
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Southport Airport Lebanon213 viewsLocated on County Road 42 of what is now Apple Valley, near the corner of Cedar Avenue.
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Eaton's Ranch (Apple Valley)196 viewsLocated on Cedar Avenue, before the "freeway" this was a popular ranch in the metro area.


Arthur J. 'Art' Eaton last owner's obituary tells some of the history.

Eaton, Arthur J. "Art" Age 87, of Randolph Township, passed away at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, on October 28th, after a hard fought seven week battle with aspiration pneumonia. He was surrounded by his family and friends. Art was born to Arthur J. Eaton, Sr. and Alice Hendrickson Eaton in Waukon, Iowa on February 16, 1929.

When Art was a year old, he and his family moved to Apple Valley where his parents owned & operated Eaton's Ranch, a business that would stay operational into the 1970's. Art worked with his family at the ranch helping with various chores such as hay rides, sleigh rides, trail rides and rodeos. Feeling that he would get a better education than from the one room school nearby, his parents drove him 13 miles one way to and from Nathan Hale Grade School in South Minneapolis for his elementary school education. Art then attended Breck School in St. Paul for two years and graduated from St. Louis Park High School in 1947. When Art was a teenager his parents purchased the Lilac Way Riding Academy and Pastime Arena in St. Louis Park, which is still in existence today as the Roller Gardens Skating Rink.

Art remembered riding horses down Lilac Way which is now Highway 100. Art proudly served our country in the Air Force during the Korean War as a communications specialist. Eaton's Ranch had been out of the family for several years but came back into Art's life when he and his wife Joan repurchased it in the mid 1970's and again offered horse boarding, hay and sleigh rides as well as a restaurant on site called The Maverick.

As Apple Valley started growing around the ranch property, they discontinued the horse part of the operation and turned the business into the very popular Eaton's Western Store which they operated until it was taken by the highway department for the expansion of Cedar Ave. in 1982.
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Eaton's Ranch (Apple Valley)179 viewsA 1940's photo of the popular Eaton's Ranch on Cedar Avenue.
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Southport Airport Lebanon175 viewsLocated on County Road 42 of what is now Apple Valley, near the corner of Cedar Avenue.
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Antiques, artifacts, sprawl 11 acres of land 1974165 viewsWalt Strese of Rosemount created his own Antique Town in the valley behind his home on County Road 33 in Rosemount. Included was the Gibson Barbershop or Rosemount and Dally Store from Crystal Lake. The antique village no longer exists.
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Walter Strese of Rosemount, creates antique town 1976161 viewsWalt Strese of Rosemount created his own Antique Town in the valley behind his home on County Road 33 in Rosemount. Included was the Gibson Barbershop or Rosemount and Dally Store from Crystal Lake. The antique village no longer exists.
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Eaton's Ranch (Apple Valley)160 viewsA 1940s photo of the popular Eaton's Ranch on Cedar Avenue.
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Rosemount School prior to 1919154 viewsThis building served all grades of students. Because Burnsville did not have a high school until 1957, those kids who went beyond 8th grade either attended Rosemount, Lakeville, Shakopee or Bloomington, based on the location of their farm.
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St. Joseph Catholic Church Rosemount 1909150 viewsFor Catholics living in Lebanon Township, parts of Lakeville and the Burnsville area near Crystal Lake, St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rosemount was their parish, rather than St. John the Baptist in Savage.
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Eaton's Ranch (Apple Valley)149 viewsA 1940s photo of the popular Eaton's Ranch on Cedar Avenue.
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Downtown Rosemount 1909146 viewsThe Main Street of Rosemount. For those Burnsville farmers living near Crystal Lake, Rosemount was their shopping town. Also, since Burnsville had no high school, those farm kids who went to high school attended Rosemount, Lakeville, Shakopee or Bloomington's high schools.
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Downtown Rosemount 142 viewsBefore Burnsville had a high school, some attended Rosemount High. Also based on what portion of Burnsville you lived, farmers would shop and bank there.
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Downtown Rosemount 1911141 viewsThe Rosemount High School, which some Burnsville students attended was located close to the St. Joseph Catholic Church, off today's Highway 3.
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St. Joseph Catholic Church Rosemount 1914141 viewsThe Catholic Church in Rosemount was the parish for some Burnsville Catholics in the Crystal Lake area. Early burials were at the Highland Cemetery in Apple Valley.
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The MInnesota Zoo opening139 viewsThe Minnesota Zoo (formerly the Minnesota Zoological Garden), is an AZA-accredited zoo in Apple Valley, Minnesota. When it opened on May 22, 1978 it was fairly revolutionary in its exhibit design. The zoo, built in a suburbanizing rural area, had more space to house exhibits and was one of the first zoos to organize its animals by their living environment as opposed to their species. Exhibits are arrayed in six themed areas, including three themed walking trails ranging from one to two miles in length.

The Minnesota Zoo is a state agency. This differs from other zoos in Minnesota and most others in the United States, which are run by municipalities or private organizations. The Minnesota Zoo charges admission and sells annual memberships.
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Minnesota Zoo Apple Valley139 viewsTouring the zoo in the winter with cross country skis.
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Minnesota Zoo Apple Valley132 viewsThe Mono-rail for touring the zoo by air.
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Ryan Corcoran Hardware Rosemount127 viewsGiven Burnsville had no stores, many residents, especially those near Crystal Lake traveled to Rosemount for purchases and banking.
This is the Ryan - Corcoran Hardware store, Downtown Rosemount circa 1930s.
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Cosgrove Park Rosemount123 viewsA portion of Burnsville students attended Rosemount High School. Also, depending on what area of Burnsville you lived, some used Rosemount for shopping, banking and fire department needs. Cosgrove Park was located on the same street as the High School and Catholic Church. (Now the site of the Rosemount Library).
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Apple Valley - home of the Minnesota Zoo 2018122 viewsAn informational brochure targeting visitors to the MInnesota Valley area.
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Rosemount 1940s118 viewsA portion of Burnsville students attended Rosemount High School. Also, depending on what area of Burnsville you lived, some used Rosemount for shopping, banking and fire department needs.
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Agnes Scott recalls early Apple Valley History114 viewsDakota County Tribune June 17, 1982 interviews life long Dakota County resident Agnes Scott, widow of Bill. The story includes the story of the naming of Lake Alimagment in Burnsville...She was an early one room school teacher.
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Lebanon School109 viewsLebanon School was located on County Road 42 near Pilot Knob Road. It also served as the township hall. The building was saved and moved to Dakota City at the Fair Grounds, Farmington.
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Rosemount homecoming 1953105 viewsBurnsville has yet to open its own high school, so a portion of Burnsville teens attended Rosemount High School including the Holman's, Connelly's and DeShaws. Other Burnsville teens attended Lakeville, Shakopee or Bloomington, based on the location of their homes.
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Apple Valley flag103 viewsThe City Flag 2017.
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Downtown Rosemount98 viewsBroback Court aerial Rosemount. Prior to 1956 many Burnsville teens attended high school in Rosemount. And since Burnsville had no banks or stores, Rosemount provided a destination for banking and other needs.
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Art Eaton dies 200697 viewsFormer owner of Eaton's Ranch in Lebanon/Apple Valley died at the age of 87. When he was one year old his parents moved to Lebanon Township where they owned and operated Eaton's Ranch.
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