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MInnesota River Valley 1980233 viewsA view of the Minnesota River Valley and the Black Dog Plant. Photo compliments of the City of Burnsville.
Mimi Nachman and Danielle (Dannie) Tkach Aman 1979128 viewsCo-chairs of the Burnsville Bicentennial Garden project of 1976 - shown three years later.
Crystal Lake 1977115 viewsSwimmers at Crystal Lake, summer 1977.
Replica of Billy Goat Bridge at Neill Park112 viewsNeill park. the Billy Goat bridge replica 2017. Photo by M.P. Kelleher

In 1992 the Billy Goat memorial footbridge was installed in Neill Park. It was designed to capture the essence of the original bridge.
Danny Hulbert107 viewsDanny Hulbert skates on Crystal Lake. January 25, 1978 Burnsville Current.
Crystal Lake106 viewsA central piece of Burnsville History, this lake, shown in 1978.
Crystal Lake 1930s104 viewsBoating on a summer day in the 1930s.
Crystal Lake viewed from Buck Hill 1970s103 viewsA photograph shot from Buck Hill looking at Crystal Lake.
A tribute in bronze 2001103 viewsAugust 4, 2001 Burnsville Eagan Sun/Thisweek news reports that the Ames Sculpture, Dick Ames gift to Burnsville and a tribute to the industry in which he earned stature and wealth, was unveiled in the Heart of the City.
Alimagnet residents protest muddy runoff 1979103 viewsAugust 1, 1979 Burnsville Current reports: Lake Alimagnet area residents claim construction west of County Road 11 is resulting in irreparable harm to the lake through mud and silt filled runoff....
Alimagnet Lake 1968102 viewsAn early color photo of the Lake located two blocks north of County Road 42 on County Road 11.
Crystal Lake 1968102 viewsAn early color photo of Crystal Lake, notice a summer Buck Hill in the background.
Crystal Lake 1970s102 viewsAnother view of Crystal Lake photographed in the 1970s shows Buck Hill in the background.
Crystal Lake 1970s99 viewsSwimming in Crystal Lake. July 13, 1977 Burnsville Current.
Crystal Lake 1970s97 viewsFrom the collection of photos published in the Burnsville Current during the 1970s, shown Crystal Lake in the summer.
Earley Lake95 viewsTaken from the Wally Day farm on County Road 5 today the site of Day Park.
Ames Construction Statue 2001 photo94 viewsAmes has also frequently has lent support to Burnsville and other South Metro cities, including a $250,000 bronze sculpture at the intersection of Burnsville Parkway and Pleasant Avenue.
Bicentennial Garden Park 197994 viewsA winter view of the Garden. Located at Nicollet Avenue and 130th Street East.
Pond at Villa Du Park 197994 views Pond at Ville Du park off Kennelly Road.
A pond in Burnsville 197993 views Pond at Ville Du park off Kennelly Road.
Minnesota River Valley92 viewsA 1979 photo of the Minnesota River from Burnsville.
Bicentennial Garden Park 1979 photo91 views Located at Nicollet Avenue and 130th Street East, opened in 1976.
Ames Construction Statue 2001 photo89 viewsAmes has also frequently has lent support to Burnsville and other South Metro cities, including a $250,000 bronze sculpture at the intersection of Burnsville Parkway and Pleasant Avenue.
Crystal Lake 1970s89 viewsSwimming lessons at Crystal Lake, photo compliments City of Burnsville.
Bringing clarity to Alimagnet Lake 201786 viewsThe Burnsville Sun/Thisweek News reports on lake clean-up in Burnsville including Alimagnet and Earley Lakes.
Lake Alimagnet area86 viewsColor prints of the Lake Alimagnet area from the City of Burnsville's files circa 1970s.
Crystal Lake 1980s86 viewsA summer day at Crystal Lake, compliments of the City of Burnsville.
Crystal Lake 1980s86 viewsAnother summer scene at Crystal Lake, compliments of the City of Burnsville.
Was Burnsville in the Big Woods85 viewsLook out a nearby window and ask yourself “What did this view look like 175 years ago, just before European settlement began?”
Minnesota before white settlement was indeed a land of lakes and prairies and forest. But what about where you live? Or where you’re standing right now? Was it forest, prairie? What was it like?
Can we even know the answer? — so much has changed.
It turns out we can know, with amazing accuracy! This quest started at one of our monthly meetings. Our guest speaker was historian Larry Kortuem from Madison Lake, Minnesota. Larry has restored his family’s 1867 log cabin. Its huge logs were cut right there and dressed by hand, with ax and adze.
Those trees were part of “The Big Woods.” You can’t read Minnesota History without seeing references to “The Big Woods.” Yet, aside from the connection to Laura Ingalls Wilder, most of us don’t know much about this legendary forest.
Was modern Burnsville part of the Big Woods? 
 For the answers we owe thanks to an Austrian cartographer, the Minnesota DNR, the 
 U of Minnesota, and Wikipedia.
The DNR shows us a map! Shown at left, it divides
 the state into ecological “provinces” including in the 
 darker green, The Big Woods.
A big question arises: How could we possibly 
 know the extent of forests and grasslands 
 hundreds of years ago? After all, states like Ohio were totally forested, but you’d never know it from today’s view.
The answer to that wonderful question leads to work done by Frances J. Marschner, a cartographer born in Austria, who never set foot in Minnesota. Marschner worked in 1929 and 1930, producing the map titled “The Original Vegetation of Minnesota.”
Based on the notes of the Public Land Survey, 1847—1907, the Marschner map outlines just how much of the state once included wet prairie, oak openings, Big Woods, mixed hardwood, or any of a dozen other vegetative types that have been utterly changed by 19th- and 20th-century human habitation. It’s been found to be uncannily accurate.
It’s worth your time to read the DNR's article "The Mystery of a Map and a Man" http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/volunteer/janfeb03/mystery.html (note: no longer available)
Finally, back to the Burnsville question. If you had stood at the location of Nicollet Commons Park in say, 1848, could you have claimed to be in the Big Woods?
Scrupulous attention to the Marschner Map suggests this answer: “No, but you could see it from there.” On the map the three-lobed orange blob (see arrow) is the heart of present-day Burnsville. It is designated an “Aspen-Oak Land.” The brown areas are “Oak Openings,” meaning the oaks are not thick. The lighter greens are prairie or marsh. The Big Woods are dark green.
The difference between “woods” and “openings” is sunlight. More than 50% and you would say the area is an opening. Sunlight gets through. In the Big Woods, not much light penetrated.
Just how thick and extensive could the forest be? The recent satellite photo above is of a remnant of the Big Woods in Wayzata. It’s the only remaining patch in the metro area. Nerstrand Big Woods State Park in Rice County is only 45 minutes away. It’s fun to still be able to see some Big Woods!
Biking in Burnsville85 viewsUnidentified bikers near Minnesota River Valley with Blackdog in the background. Circa 1977 Burnsville Current.
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