Drive along France Avenue south of Southdale mall, and you wouldn't guess that much of the land was once filled with gravel pits. One of the larger operations, Hedberg and Sons, was located at 7557 France Avenue South, the site of the Galleria and Centennial Lakes shopping centers today. Hedberg, Glacier Gravel and Oscar Roberts' gravel pits covered much of the area both east and west of France Avenue into the 1970s.
To give you some idea how much land was devoted to sand and gravel operations, take a close look at this 1951 photo of south Edina. To help orient you, the road that goes through Lake Cornelia near the top is 66th Street. The north and south street near the middle is France Avenue.
And all those very light colored areas south of 70th Street are sand and gravel businesses.
Here's a Google satellite image of the same area today. Amazing, isn't it?
Four photos for you on Photo Friday. One wouldn't have told enough of the story, so I had to include all of them. Enjoy!
Note: I wrote more about the gravel pit businesses here.
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