Tour the Chain of Lakes

Published December 9, 2013 by Kirsten Delegard

It’s map Monday.

This 1913 map from the Twin Cities Transit company touts the attractions of Minneapolis of the city’s beloved chain of lakes. The red lines on the lakes trace the routes of the “launches” that circumnavigated Lake Harriet, Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles. “The ‘Maid of the Isles’ makes the 8 mile tour of Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles in one hour; round trip 20 cents,” the brochure, Twin Cities today explained. “Fare between any two landings on Lake Calhoun, 5 cents; between any landings on Lake of the Isles 5 cents; between any landing on Lake Calhoun and any landing on Lake of the Isles, or vice versa, 10 cents. The ‘Lake Harriet’ makes the 3.5 mile tour of Lake Harriet in 25 minutes; round trip 10 cents. Fare between any two landings, 5 cents…Visitors to the Twin Cities can spend a whole day delightfully cruising these charming lakes and enjoying their interesting shores.”

Pamphlet is from the Minneapolis collection, Hennepin County Central Library.



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