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Downtown RosemountBroback Court aerial Rosemount. Prior to 1956 many Burnsville teens attended high school in Rosemount. And since Burnsville had no banks or stores, Rosemount provided a destination for banking and other needs.
Ryan Corcoran Hardware RosemountGiven Burnsville had no stores, many residents, especially those near Crystal Lake traveled to Rosemount for purchases and banking.
This is the Ryan - Corcoran Hardware store, Downtown Rosemount circa 1930s.
Minnesota Zoo Apple ValleyTouring the zoo in the winter with cross country skis.
Minnesota Zoo Apple ValleyThe Mono-rail for touring the zoo by air.
The MInnesota Zoo openingThe Minnesota Zoo (formerly the Minnesota Zoological Garden), is an AZA-accredited zoo in Apple Valley, Minnesota. When it opened on May 22, 1978 it was fairly revolutionary in its exhibit design. The zoo, built in a suburbanizing rural area, had more space to house exhibits and was one of the first zoos to organize its animals by their living environment as opposed to their species. Exhibits are arrayed in six themed areas, including three themed walking trails ranging from one to two miles in length.

The Minnesota Zoo is a state agency. This differs from other zoos in Minnesota and most others in the United States, which are run by municipalities or private organizations. The Minnesota Zoo charges admission and sells annual memberships.
Downtown Rosemount 1909The Main Street of Rosemount. For those Burnsville farmers living near Crystal Lake, Rosemount was their shopping town. Also, since Burnsville had no high school, those farm kids who went to high school attended Rosemount, Lakeville, Shakopee or Bloomington's high schools.
St. Joseph Catholic Church Rosemount 1909For Catholics living in Lebanon Township, parts of Lakeville and the Burnsville area near Crystal Lake, St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rosemount was their parish, rather than St. John the Baptist in Savage.
Rosemount School prior to 1919This building served all grades of students. Because Burnsville did not have a high school until 1957, those kids who went beyond 8th grade either attended Rosemount, Lakeville, Shakopee or Bloomington, based on the location of their farm.
St. Joseph Catholic Church Rosemount 1914The Catholic Church in Rosemount was the parish for some Burnsville Catholics in the Crystal Lake area. Early burials were at the Highland Cemetery in Apple Valley.
Southport Airport LebanonLocated on County Road 42 of what is now Apple Valley, near the corner of Cedar Avenue.
Walter Strese of Rosemount, creates antique town 1976Walt Strese of Rosemount created his own Antique Town in the valley behind his home on County Road 33 in Rosemount. Included was the Gibson Barbershop or Rosemount and Dally Store from Crystal Lake. The antique village no longer exists.
Apple Valley - home of the Minnesota Zoo 2018An informational brochure targeting visitors to the MInnesota Valley area.
Southport Airport LebanonLocated on County Road 42 of what is now Apple Valley, near the corner of Cedar Avenue.
Apple Valley flagThe City Flag 2017.
Art Eaton dies 2006Former owner of Eaton's Ranch in Lebanon/Apple Valley died at the age of 87. When he was one year old his parents moved to Lebanon Township where they owned and operated Eaton's Ranch.
Corrigan Electric RosemountEarly Burnsville had no electrician of its own, so Corrigan Electric, a long time business in Rosemount was an early option.
This ad is from 1973.
Apple Valley determines town hall's fate 1983Dakota County Tribune - April 28, 1983 - The City Council votes 3 - 2 to donate the old town Lebanon Township Town hall to Dakota City historic campus in Farmington at the Fair Grounds.
St. Joseph Catholic Church 150th anniversary.Exterior view of St. Joseph Catholic Church Rosemount 2108. During the pioneer days the original church was off Pilot Knob Road in what is now Apple Valley. Some Burnsville residents attended that church.
Carlson Tractor RosemountAs a Dakota County outlet for tractors, Carlson Tractor was a resource for Burnsville and Eagan farmers.
Ryan Corcoran Hardware RosemountThis child care and pre-school stands on the site of Ryan Corcoran Hardware, July 2018. When built it was a pharmacy.
Cosgrove Park RosemountA portion of Burnsville students attended Rosemount High School. Also, depending on what area of Burnsville you lived, some used Rosemount for shopping, banking and fire department needs. Cosgrove Park was located on the same street as the High School and Catholic Church. (Now the site of the Rosemount Library).
St. Joseph Catholic Church 150th anniversary.The Dakota County Historical Society newsletter features a story on the 150th Anniversary of the Rosemount Catholic Church.
District 196 brand symbolizes infinite possibilities for students 2017The Burnsville Sun/ThisWeek News September 4, 2017 reports on the school district's launch of anew website, newsletter design and logo as part of a new brand identity.
Downtown Rosemount 1911The Rosemount High School, which some Burnsville students attended was located close to the St. Joseph Catholic Church, off today's Highway 3.
Downtown Rosemount Before Burnsville had a high school, some attended Rosemount High. Also based on what portion of Burnsville you lived, farmers would shop and bank there.
Eaton's Ranch (Apple Valley)A 1940s photo of the popular Eaton's Ranch on Cedar Avenue.
Eaton's Ranch (Apple Valley)A 1940's photo of the popular Eaton's Ranch on Cedar Avenue.
Eaton's Ranch (Apple Valley)A 1940s photo of the popular Eaton's Ranch on Cedar Avenue.
Eaton's Ranch closes after 50 years at same location 1982For more than 50 years, Eaton's Ranch has meant horses, even though the ranch discontinued the dude ranch portion of the operation ten years ago (1972). Art Eaton's father (also Art) opened the ranch in 1930 in Lebanan (now Apple Valley).
West shop ends reign of the rein (Eaton's Ranch to close) 1982"By the end of the year, the new Cedar Avenue freeway will drill through the heart of Apple Valley's most famous landmark Eaton's Ranch. It opened in the 1930's and was the site of sleighrides, hayrides, trailrides and private partieis. It was the closet many ever got to the old west. Owner was Arthur Eaton Jr, whose parents opened the ranch.
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