The Museum in the Streets: Minneapolis, Minnesota
—27th and Lake: Industry and Transportation Infrastructure —Martinus Nelson built a blacksmith shop here in 1888. The smithy serviced local horses and wagons that kept area dairy farms running. Danish immigrant Christian Lauritzen took over in 1898. Business was good in the growing community, and by 1904, Lauritzen built a more substantial shop with a brick façade. Five years later he moved his wife, Hilleborg, and their two children to a nearby home he had built on Minnehaha Avenue, where he lived out his life. Despite the rise of the automobile and the ever-decreasing number of horses in the area, Lauritzen continued to operate the blacksmith shop at this location until his death in 1942. The building survived for almost 100 years; it was torn down in the late 1980s to provide parking for an adjacent business.
|Placed By||Lake Street Council|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 at 8:01pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15T E 481552 N 4977206|
|Decimal Degrees||44.94805000, -93.23385000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 44° 56.883', W 93° 14.031'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||44° 56' 52.98" N, 93° 14' 1.86" W|
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