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Although located in Lakeville, Antlers Park was a popular activity for Burnsville residents.
1930 Burnsville Census random page 2 of 2Included on this page are Highway 13 area:
Oxbourgh, Beitel, Hayes, Delaney, Dowdle,Christensen, Kennelly, Connelly, Casey, Lannon and Connelly.
1930 Burnsville Census random page 1 of 2Families shown on this page include: Fischer, Dally, Scott, Holman, Regan, Streeflane,Leonard, McNearney, Foley, Niemeyer, Belon, Worwa and Longworth.
Burnsville farm 1932A cow and the barn at the Luke McCoy farm, Burnsville.
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.
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.
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.
Fourth of July picnic - Crystal Lake, Burnsville - estimated date 1896. (See identified photo for names.)
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.
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.
Fourth of July picnic - Crystal Lake estimated date 1896 - with names.
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...
Cable Ferry Savage-BloomingtonMinnesota River

An old ferry operating during the early 1900s, which at the time the only means for crossing the Minnesota River. This ferry took visitors from the M. W. Savage mansion on the Bloomington side to the Dan Patch Farm in Savage, where the famed pacer trained with dozens of other well bred horses.
Rosella, John and Joe KennellyThe three youngest children of Walter and Rose Kennelly around 1915.
Kitchen updates 1919Even on the farm, homeowners upgraded their kitchens from wood stoves to gas or electric. 1919 Ad.
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