To envision how much Edina has changed over the past few decades, drive along 78th street near Highway 100 and look north. Instead of office buildings and businesses, in the 1950s you would see a scene like the one pictured above.
The Bernie Nelson family operated a dairy farm on land bounded on the east and west by Highway 100 and Cahill Road and the north and south by 70th and 78th Streets. I haven't driven by recently to compare views but Steve Nelson, whose grandparents owned the farm, said the stand of trees (in the background of this picture) can still be seen on the west side of Highway 100 on 70th Street.
The land was known as Hill Home Farm. Steve has another photo that clearly shows why. A beautiful home sits at the top of a hill overlooking pasture and the barn. The family plans to donate a decorative iron gate that was at the entrance of the property as well as more photos.
To some, the 1950s isn't "historic" because they lived through those times. I happen to disagree. As this photo shows, dairy cows and barns are no longer part of the landscape in Edina. We collect items from each chapter of Edina's history, even as the page has just been turned.
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