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Downtown Rosemount 1940sA 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.
Al's Cafe RosemountAl's Cafe, downtown Rosemount to be torn down. November 28, 1963 Dakota County Tribune. For many in Burnsville, Rosemount was an important destination. Many high school aged students attended school there, since Burnsville had no high school. Unlike Burnsville the town had stores and a bank.
Al's Cafe torn down, becomes Standard Oil Gas StationMarch 19, 1964 Dakota County Tribune - Al's Cafe torn down, to become site of Standard Oil Gas Station, downtown Rosemount.
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 being builtThe township is Lebanon and the housing development called Apple Valley in this 1963 Dakota County Tribune photos.
Apple Valley being builtThe township is Lebanon and the housing development called Apple Valley in this 1963 Dakota County Tribune photos.
Apple Valley flagThe City Flag 2017.
Apple Valley being builtThe township is Lebanon and the housing development called Apple Valley in this 1963 Dakota County Tribune photos.
Old Apple Valley - Lebanon School donated to Dakota County Fairgrounds 1989July 6, 1989 Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: A 19th century schoolhouse has been moved out of town, much to the dismay of the Apple Valley Historical Committee... Agnes Scott and committee members wanted to donate the 119 year old building to Apple Valley preferably to be moved to a city park. But City officials said there was no safe place for the building to go.

Reluctantly, the committee agreed to donate it to the Dakota County Fairgrounds in Farmington, where it will be dedicated July 12...

The school was built in 1870 and was the District 17 School until 1900 when Scott's father-in-law bought it for $35. It took eight teams of horses to move the building to the Scott family residence where it was used to hold grain and later as a playhouse...

Rosemount Ryan and CorcoranApril 27, 1917 Dakota County Tribune ad for Ryan and Corcoran.
Geraghty's Hall in Rosemount.April 28, 1916 Dakota County Tribune ad for dance at Geraghty's in Rosemount.
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.
Arthur Eaton - Eaton's Ranch dies 2016
Arthur Eaton, horse breeder and Apple Valley developer, dies at 87

By John Ewoldt Star Tribune
November 17, 2016

As his life grew short, Art Eaton thanked his doctors and nurses in the hospital for their kindness and care. His politeness and good humor made such an impression that one nurse asked his wife, Gretchen, where she had found her husband of 33 years.

“Did you train him or did he come that way?” asked the nurse.

Gretchen Eaton described her husband as “one of the good guys.” He was content to settle business with a handshake or a promise in his many years as a horse breeder and land developer. His family started Eaton’s Ranch in Apple Valley, which closed in the early 1970s until Art repurchased it several years later. He offered horse boarding, sleigh rides and hay rides, and opened a restaurant and a Western store.

As the Twin Cities expanded, he sold off parts of the family ranch to create such Apple Valley neighborhoods as Palomino Hills, Timberwick and Saddle Ridge.

“A lot of other developers would try to get as many homes in there as possible,” said homebuilder Rick Kot of R.A. Kot Homes in Prior Lake. “His pieces were some of the first nicer developments in there.”

Sue Kennedy of New Prague, who was adopted by Eaton, met her father when she was picking out a horse at age 15 and later worked with him on the ranch and at Eaton’s Western Store. “He taught me to work hard every day and be grateful for the chance to work,” she said.

His work ethic kept him active into his 80s, despite being nearly blind and suffering from emphysema. His last outing before he died Oct. 28 at 87 was to Canterbury Park, his home away from home for 30 years. Even though their love of racing horses began as a hobby, Art and Gretchen Eaton would often go to the track at 5:30 a.m. to watch the horses in training. “Art always put the horse first,” said Randy Sampson, president and CEO at Canterbury Park. “He didn’t view it as only a business, as many others do.”

Sampson and Eaton competed head to head at Canterbury for several years with their horses Dot’s Moment and Samdanya. The horses often traded winning and placing. “If I was gonna get beat, I didn’t mind getting beaten by the Eatons. They were so well-liked and respected,” Sampson said.

Eaton was the type of breeder who never hesitated to give a horse a rest if it wasn’t running at full capacity, even though it netted him less money. When he died, he still had several retired racehorses on the farm. Rather than selling them as their racing career neared an end, Eaton tried to place them with trainers or “a good home with a 10-year-old girl fawning over them,” Gretchen Eaton said.

He was inducted into the Canterbury Hall of Fame in 2003. His horses ran at Canterbury, Chicago, Indiana, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and several East Coast tracks. Bella Notte became his superstar sprinter, earning close to $300,000. She even had a race named after her at Canterbury.

His love of horses took its toll on him. In 1992 he suffered a concussion from being kicked by a foal, permanently losing his sense of taste and smell as a result. Later he lost most of a finger after a stallion accidentally stepped on his hand. But Eaton felt the most pain when one of his horses would lose a foal. “You can quit or you can buck up,” Eaton said to Gretchen, but knowing how painful it was on him, she told him that he should have been a lawyer.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Maxine. He is survived by his wife, three children — Sue Kennedy of New Prague, Todd Eaton of
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.
The origin of Apple ValleyNovember 20, 1979 Thisweek News article explores the origin of Apple Valley, once Lebanon township.
Rosemount CAP AirplaneNovember 19, 1964

Although located in Lebanon/Apple Valley the Southport Airport was associated with Rosemount.
Views of Apple Valley 1979These images appear on a 1979 calendar of Apple Valley.
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.
Lebanon Township became Apple Valley in 1969October 21, 1992 Countryside news published a brief history of Lebanon Township/Apple Valley.
Seeds of the past - a history of Apple ValleyPublished by the Chamber of Commerce 1985 - a history of Apple Valley and Lebanon.
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.
Apple Valley aerialPhoto compliments of Frauenshuh Commercial Real Estate - Cobblestone Lake area on Pilot Knob Road.

Carlson Tractor RosemountAs a Dakota County outlet for tractors, Carlson Tractor was a resource for Burnsville and Eagan farmers.
Carlson TractorCarlson Tractor, Rosemount.
J. J. Hynes autosSeptember 28, 1917 Dakota County Tribune ad for J. J. Hynes - Reo, Buick or Maxell vehicles...
Eaton's Ranch on Cedar AvenueDriving past Eaton's Ranch, Cedar Avenue 1960s.
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).
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