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Lilac Park

A cache by EelSid Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 4/29/2003
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
2 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

This is the second cache in the Lost Parks of Lilac Way series. The container is a small clear plastic cylinder about 6 in. tall by 4 in. in diameter.

This is the second cache in the Lost Parks of Lilac Way series.

About the Lilac Way Historic District:
The road we know as Highway 100 was once known by the nickname "Lilac Way".  Lilac Way, named for the lilac bushes that were planted along the highway, was the brainchild of Carl Graeser, German immigrant and architect for the Minnesota Highway Department.  Graeser is now known as the "Father of the Beltway" for his dedication to creating a beltway system around the Twin Cities in the 1920s and 1930s, an idea that was foreign to most people at the time, as the road does not go "to somewhere" but "around somewhere."   Built during the Great Depression under the leadership of Graeser, this stretch of Highway 100 between Highway 7 and County Road 81 created many jobs under the Works Progress Administration, including those of the stonemasons who built the sturdy park tables, grills and walls.  Because this was still a rural area at the time, the highway became known as a leisure drive, where families could drive through in the Spring and see the lilac bushes in bloom, stopping at the five roadside parks for lunch or to just relax, a far cry from the bumper to bumper headache it has become today.  For more information on Lilac Way and its history, check out this link to streaming video from TPT television of their documentary on the topic.

To get to the cache:

    Exit Highway 100 at Minnetonka Boulevard going East, go north on Toledo Avenue (as if you are getting back on to the highway northbound) and the park is on your left.  This park no longer has a parking lot.  To get to the cache park on one of the nearby residential streets and take the crosswalk on Minnetonka Boulevard across Toledo Avenue.  Do not just dart across Toledo as this road doubles as the northbound on ramp to 100.  

About the park:
   This park contains one of the two well-known "beehive" grills and remnants of an old water pool.  This park is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, but I don't know if it will be preserved in this location when construction inevitably starts here.  I do know that Graeser Park at 100 and Cty 81 will be refurbished once construction is complete.  There is already a cache at that park if you want to go there.



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