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Ranch House 470 viewsThe Ranch House on Lyndale Avenue had a western taste.
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Apple Valley taking shape in Lebanon411 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 1982343 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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Queen Anne Kiddieland - the Valley Fair of the 50's.284 viewsPopular children's tv show host Casey Jones appears at Quenn Anne Kiddieland.
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Southport Airport Lebanon267 viewsLocated on County Road 42 of what is now Apple Valley, near the corner of Cedar Avenue.
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Bloomington High School261 viewsBurnsville did not have a high school until 1956 so some teens attended the high school in Bloomington.
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Scott's Ford Dealership, Bloomington260 viewsThere were no car dealerships in Burnsville until the 1970s. Options often included Shakopee, Farmington, or the Scott Ford dealership, just past the Cedar Avenue Bridge in Bloomington. Circa- 1960.
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West shop ends reign of the rein (Eaton's Ranch to close) 1982245 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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Bloomington Historical Society Museum241 viewsThe Bloomington Historical Society was formed in 1964 and is located at 2215 West Old Shakopee Road, in the restored Town Hall.
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95th and Lyndale in Bloomington241 viewsThis photo shows Lyndale Avenue around 1960.
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Eaton's Ranch (Apple Valley)237 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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Queen Anne Kiddieland - the Valley Fair of the 50's.232 viewsLocated in the Bloomington/Edina area, this was the Valley Fair of the 1950s.
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Oxboro Theatre 1950s also known as the Studio 97228 viewsThe theatre was located near the intersection of 98th Street and Lynadale in Bloomington. In the past this area was the unincorporated town of Oxboro, dating from the 1850s. The Oxborough family from Canada built a trading post called Oxboro Heath on what is now Clover Center. Meanwhile Bloomington was a stagecoach stop at Nine Mile Creek, and there was another settlement at Old Shakopee Road and Old Cedar. These all eventually got absorbed into the city of Bloomington. For some in Burnsville, during the 1950's Oxboro offered a drug store, dentist, the Walsh's Grocery store and this movie theatre.
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Metropolitan Stadium223 viewsLocated on Cedar Avenue, now the Mall of America, the Metropolitan Stadium was the home of the Twins and Vikings.
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Cedarvale Mall 1978220 viewsWhen 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.
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Bloomington 1900s.218 viewsBetween Portland and Nicollet showing Assumption Church.
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Dan Patch Liquor Store to close 2016208 viewsThe Savage Pacer May 14, 2016 reports on the decision to close the long running Dan Patch Liquor Store in downtown Savage and enter into an agreement with Hy-Vee to lease the space in their store to operate the municipal liquor business. (4 pages)
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Bloomington by air 1970s207 viewsBefore the Mall of America...There was Met Stadium, Met Center, and The Carlton Celebrity Room, minutes from Burnsville.
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Old Bloomington - Cedar Avenue.205 viewsEntering Bloomington from the Cedar Avenue Bridge residents would first see the Scott's store and Ford dealership.
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Southport Airport Lebanon205 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)204 viewsA 1940's photo of the popular Eaton's Ranch on Cedar Avenue.
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Walter Strese of Rosemount, creates antique town 1976201 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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Clover Shopping Center 1960s197 viewsLocated at 98th and Lyndale, the opening of this shopping center provided a shopping outlet for Burnsville residents before the opening of Jet Plaza on Co. Rd. 5.
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Bloomington Historical Society Brochure193 viewsThe Bloomington Historical Society was formed in 1964 and is located at 2215 West Old Shakopee Road, in the restored Town Hall.
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Clover Shopping Center Bloomington189 viewsAn early photo of the Clover Shopping Center at 35 W and 98th Street in Bloomington.
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Eaton's Ranch (Apple Valley)183 viewsA 1940s photo of the popular Eaton's Ranch on Cedar Avenue.
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The Savage bridge 1960s179 viewsThis bridge was between Savage and Bloomington.
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Downtown Shakopee 1900s178 viewsHamilton later Savage Minnesota is in Scott County, it's county seat Shakopee. For those in Burnsville living near Judical Road and the Hamilton, Glendale, Savage residents, Shakopee provided the "big" city opportunities.
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Antiques, artifacts, sprawl 11 acres of land 1974177 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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Downtown Rosemount 1909177 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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