The Museum in the Streets: Minneapolis, Minnesota
—27th and Lake: Industry and Transportation Infrastructure —In 1905, H.A. Dorsey opened Wonderland Amusement Park on 10 acres between Lake ad 32nd streets and 31st and 33rd avenues. It opened to great fanfare, with 70,000 people attending on opening day. Its attractions included a 120-foot-high electrically lighted tower, rollercoaster, carousel, miniature train, boat ride, dance pavilion, and "House of Nonsense." One popular draw was the Infantorium, where visitors watched nurses care for premature babies with newly invented incubators, a common curiousity of the time. Wonderland operated for seven seasons, closing in 1911 due to low attendance, fees, from the 1909 paving of Lake Street, and deteriorating equipment. By the time of the real estate boom of the 1920s, all that remained of Wonderland was the Infantorium at 3101-11 East 31st Street, which had been converted to an apartment building.
|Placed By||Lake Street Council|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 at 11:03pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15T E 482073 N 4977250|
|Decimal Degrees||44.94846667, -93.22725000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 44° 56.908', W 93° 13.635'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||44° 56' 54.48" N, 93° 13' 38.1" W|
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