We have some great treasures in our map collection. (But alas, no treasure maps.)
Still, even without a big X marking the spot to buried gold, these maps are priceless. You will have a chance to see some examples of these document gems in our upcoming "Edina on the Map" exhibit that will open in mid-March. Today, I'll give you a sneak peek at some for the Highlands neighborhood.
The white map at the bottom is the registered plat, and the other two show advertising brochures from the The Spring Company realtors, which developed the property.
Highlands includes Ayrshire Boulevard, Lochloy Drive, and Duncraig Road.
If you can't quite match up the Google map above with the real estate brochure map below, take heart. North is on the left of the realtors' map instead of the top. You can see that the Spring Company realtors also emphasized the neighborhood's proximity to three golf courses (Edina Country Club, Meadowbrook and Interlachen.) Although the brochure is undated, it points out the "new high school," (now the Edina Community Center) which opened in 1949.
I love to see how neighborhoods were marketed, with sample home exteriors and floor plans. Does anyone recognize their home in this design?
"The Trend Home - The first consideration in designing the 'Trend Home' was 'What do people in this part of the country like and need?'. A plan consistent with our climate and ways of living. As the house was to be built in 'Edina Highlands,' with its large lots, beautiful views and rolling country-side, we knew the prospective owner would live a relaxed country life."
Many of the maps in the exhibit come to us from the private collection of Frank Cardarelle, a fourth generation Edina resident and a second generation surveyor. His father platted the first Highlands addition, and Frank joined him after he graduated from that "new high school" in 1951 to plat the remaining additions.
How great is it that we have a photo of Frank presenting a map program last year to kids who live in the Highlans neighborhood? From those enthusiastic hands in the air, it looks like these Highlands Elementary second graders love maps as much as I do. (Thanks, Marcia Friedman with Edina Public Schools for sharing this photo with us.)
Who bowled at Gus Young's? Apparently everyone, according to "Twin City Tenpin," a small newspaper on file at the Minnesota Historical Society.
The bowling alley and billiards hall at 4101 West 50th Street brought in more than 3,150 bowlers each week, said the Oct. 22, 1964 issue of the now defunct publication. Gus Young was quoted as having more than 700 teams involved in 60 leagues.
"It is Gus' belief that he has more women's leagues than any other house in the city," the story states. Perhaps because he offered child care on site.
Approximately 128 youngsters take to the lanes every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday "under the direction of four capable instructors and coaches:" Dave Goggins, Junior Boys; Grace Chelman, Junior Girls; June Nelson, Junior Girls; and Alfreda Addy, Bantam Boys. Gus also sponsored a Junior Traveling League.
The bowling alley also had a snack bar and restaurant, with everything from "just light snacks to a full course meal, prepared for you exactly as you like it. Beer and other beverages are available on order."
Gus Young was most notably a basketball coach at Gustavus Adolphus College (1949-1957), but throughout the years he also spent time bowling and owning bowling alleys.
Gus Young's entry into the bowling business began when he was head of intramural activities at Carleton College. Because he had to ferry kids to the closest bowling alley in Faribault from Northfield, he ended up being late for a date with his girlfriend Evelyn (who later became his wife.) Evelyn suggested opening up a bowling alley in Northfield, so Gus did. He was proprieter of the Varsity Bowl until 1943 when he joined the Navy during World War II.
In 1957, he bought the Austin Bowl that he later sold to open Biltmore Lanes in 1959. I haven't researched when the bowling alley closed, but I do know Gus Young died in 1977.
Thanks to Jeanne Andersen, friend and colleague at the St. Louis Park Historical Society, for bringing in the photocopied story.
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