Edina History Museum's next exhibit is..... drumroll please... "Edina on the Map."
If you love maps as much as I do, I know I have your attention. But for those of you yawning, recalling those map exercises in elementary school where you had to find longitude and latitude and estimate travel times, you'll still love this exhibit.
How could you not with old real estate brochures and maps like this?
La Buena Vista (Spanish for "beautiful view") is described as "120 Acres of Beautiful, rolling, wooded open countryside, that has been platted into 125 choice homesites. Some picturesque lots on spring-fed Nine Mile Creek."
The real estate brochure emphasizes the subdivision's choice location that provides "country living with city conveniences." The large map (right) shows that while Edina is in the spacious countryside, it's also close to jobs and attractions in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
For those who can't quite place where La Buena Vista subdivision is, here's a Google map of the area and its surroundings.
Subdivision names sometimes are remembered as long as it takes the ink to dry on a plat map. In fact, many residents don't know the official names of their subdivisions; instead, they reference an area landmark or street name when giving directions.
La Buena Vista is now part of "The Heights," so dubbed in the recent City of Edina neighborhood naming project. (You can see the neighborhood boundary map and learn more about neighborhood associations on the City's website.)
We're still in the development stages of the exhibit, with an expected March 2014 opening date. I now have the fun task of exploring our map collection as well as those of Frank Cardarelle, a second generation Edina surveyor. Between him and his father, they have surveyed most of Edina. The La Buena Vista brochure is just one treasure in his collection that he will share with us for the exhibit.
Look for more great maps in the weeks to come.
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