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Antler's ParkAlthough located in Lakeville, Antlers Park was a popular activity for Burnsville residents.
Burnsville farm 1932A cow and the barn at the Luke McCoy farm, Burnsville.
1933 News the Kroohn familyDakota County Tribune - July 28, 1933.
"I dropped in at Nels Kroohn's the other day where he is operating a 500 acre ranch for the Lake Street Investment Company of Minneapolis, just off Lyndale in Byrnesville. This farm is operated exclusively by the Kroohn family and they are doing a mighty good job of it. For years they milked 50 cows, but two years ago the T B Test caught 32 of the herd and they are now milking but 40. They also keep about 100 head of hogs. The buildings, which are located back from the road, consist of a fine home for the family, and many buildings, sheds etc including a barn 40 x 100 feet. Everything about the place is modern and well kept. The Kroohn family has been managing this place for 15 years, coming to it from Golden Valley.

The 1940 Census shows:

Nels Kroohn 54
Calma Kroohn 52
Merlin Kroohm 25
Irving Kroohm 22
Mary Kroohm 18
Ellen Kroohm 15
Crystal Lake 1922Tourists and residents come to Crystal Lake with their cars.
Farm Scene at Mike and Molly Dunn FarmMIke and Molly Kennelly Dunn lived at the corner of Highway 13 and Cliff Road. Originally her parents Walter and Sarah Kennelly's farm and later owned by Jim and Anna and then Joe and Janette Connelly. Now the site of Millpond Apartments.
Early Burnsville store For rent - My new store and dwelling combined in Burnsville, a very good location for a country store. For further particulars apply to Lawrence Begley, Glendale Minn. September 3, 1902 Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Indications are, this could be the Berrisford store, before being moved to Savage.
Charles Kline first rural mail carrier 1985Del Stelling, in the Savage Review remembers Charles Kline, considered the first mail carrier. He joined the postal service in 1906. In 1914 he was the first person in Savage to own an automobile.
Early farmingThe Dakota City Museum, at the Dakota County Fair Grounds Farmington has recreated a chicken coop similar to those on farms in Burnsville.
Early farmingThe Dakota City Museum, at the Dakota County Fair Grounds Farmington has recreated a chicken coop similar to those on farms in Burnsville.
Growing cornThis 2018 photo of corn growing just outside of Rosemount is a reminder of how the farmland throughout Burnsville looked.
Crystal Lake in the 1920sOne of the oldest photos uncovered by the Burnsville Historical Society in the 1970s shows Crystal Lake on a summer day.
Buying a motorcycle in Farmington 1912A.E. Johnson Farmington ad for the Wagner Motorcycle.
Military history in Dakota CountyThe Dakota County Historical Society's newsletter, November 2019 addresses aspects of Military history in Dakota County.
Also included is the story of Burnsville and Dakota County Historical Society's Jack Kennelly receiving an award from the City of Burnsville
for his efforts with this website.
Vignettes of History 1960sAn undated Minnesota Valley Review news clipping provides a brief history of Byrnesville/Burnsville and Hamilton/Savage.
A 1920s kitchenThe Minnesota Historical Society, May 2018 displays a typical MInnesota kitchen from the 1920s.
Early farm housesDakota City at the Dakota County Fair Grounds has recreated the typical kitchen of a Burnsville and other Dakota County farmhouse around the year 1900.
Fourth of July picnic - Crystal Lake, Burnsville - estimated date 1896. (See identified photo for names.)
Fort Snelling 1917This photo of men at Fort Snelling World War 1, in 1917 was included with photos from the Michael and Mary Kennelly Dunn family. We are not sure if someone in their family is in the photo.
Girl FriendsMrs. Jos. Ferrer, Kate Gallagher, Rose Gallagher and Enid Ferrer early 1900s.
Kitchen updates 1919The best way to keep food fresh in the 1900s was the ice box.
Ice harvesting at Crystal LakeIce Harvesting on Crystal Lake near Oscar Dolly's General Store. The process of ice harvesting looked somewhat similar to crop harvesting, with horses pulling plow-like ice cutters across frozen lakes and ponds. Before ice could be cut, snow had to be cleared from the surface. The ice was also measured to ensure that it was thick enough—anything less than eight inches would melt too quickly during transportation to far-flung locations.

By the end of the 1800s, many American households stored their perishable food in an insulated "icebox" that was usually made of wood and lined with tin or zinc. A large block of ice was stored inside to keep these early refrigerators chilly. By this point, cold had become the clear choice among food preservation methods, proving less labor-intensive and more effective at preventing spoilage. Other techniques, like salting, drying, and canning, erased any appearance of freshness and required more time to prepare. Iceboxes also presented a new way to save prepared foods—or leftovers—that previously might not have lasted beyond one meal.
The early telephoneAn example of one of the first phones made available to Burnsville farm families.
Telephone switchboardUnidentified telephone switchboard, published January 13, 1966 in the Dakota County Tribune.
Land for sale 1881A "blind" ad in the newspaper for farm property being sold in Burnsville in 1881.
A 1900's picnicThis was found with the O'Brien/ Connelly/Lannon/Sodomka photographs and is likely a Sunday picnic with Bill and Helen Lannon's parents, family and friends.
Burnsville news 1912Dakota County Tribune includes news from Burnsville, Eagan and Savage in its papers.
Fourth of July picnic - Crystal Lake estimated date 1896 - with names.
Minneapolis or St. PaulWe are unaware of the exact location that this photo was shot, but obviously mid-way between MInneapolis and St. Paul.
When you look at old professional family and wedding portraits of Burnsville pioneers, many were shot in one of the Big Cities.
October 25, 1912 Burnsville NewsPublished in the Dakota County Tribune - Herman Erler building a fine barn for P. Gallagher, Mrs. P. Nee visits brother George Hurley, Charles Williams of Minneapolis guest of his daugther Mrs. Jno Connelly, Burnsville boys will give a dance in Savage... and more...
October 4, 1912 Burnsville NewsNews column from Dakota County Tribune - Mr. and Mrs. Dunn hold dance, Mrs. Joe Lawler formerly Agatha Thornton arrived from Canada to visit family and friends, a girl born to Mr. and Mrs. H. Sheridan, October 11 Grand Ball at Savage and more...
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