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Crystal Lake 192258 viewsTourists and residents come to Crystal Lake with their cars.
Crystal Lake in the 1920s54 viewsOne of the oldest photos uncovered by the Burnsville Historical Society in the 1970s shows Crystal Lake on a summer day.
Ice harvesting at Crystal Lake51 viewsIce 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.
50 viewsFourth of July picnic - Crystal Lake, Burnsville - estimated date 1896. (See identified photo for names.)
Burnsville farm 193250 viewsA cow and the barn at the Luke McCoy farm, Burnsville.
Farm Scene at Mike and Molly Dunn Farm50 viewsMIke 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.
Cable Ferry Savage-Bloomington49 viewsMinnesota 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.
49 viewsFourth of July picnic - Crystal Lake estimated date 1896 - with names.
Rosella, John and Joe Kennelly49 viewsThe three youngest children of Walter and Rose Kennelly around 1915.
October 4, 1912 Burnsville News49 viewsNews 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...
A 1900's picnic49 viewsThis 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.
Antler's Park48 viewsAlthough located in Lakeville, Antlers Park was a popular activity for Burnsville residents.
Charles Kline first rural mail carrier 198548 viewsDel 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.
1933 News the Kroohn family48 viewsDakota 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
October 25, 1912 Burnsville News47 viewsPublished 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...
Kitchen updates 191946 viewsThe best way to keep food fresh in the 1900s was the ice box.
Land for sale 188146 viewsA "blind" ad in the newspaper for farm property being sold in Burnsville in 1881.
The early telephone46 viewsAn example of one of the first phones made available to Burnsville farm families.
Kitchen updates 191944 viewsEven on the farm, homeowners upgraded their kitchens from wood stoves to gas or electric. 1919 Ad.
Fort Snelling 191741 viewsThis 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.
Tractor ad 191840 viewsThis ad appeared in the Hastings Gazette, directed at farmers looking for the newest in farm equipment.
A 1920s kitchen15 viewsThe Minnesota Historical Society, May 2018 displays a typical MInnesota kitchen from the 1920s.
Girl Friends12 viewsMrs. Jos. Ferrer, Kate Gallagher, Rose Gallagher and Enid Ferrer early 1900s.
Early farm houses11 viewsDakota City at the Dakota County Fair Grounds has recreated the typical kitchen of a Burnsville and other Dakota County farmhouse around the year 1900.
Minneapolis or St. Paul10 viewsWe 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.
Early farming9 viewsThe Dakota City Museum, at the Dakota County Fair Grounds Farmington has recreated a chicken coop similar to those on farms in Burnsville.
Early farming9 viewsThe Dakota City Museum, at the Dakota County Fair Grounds Farmington has recreated a chicken coop similar to those on farms in Burnsville.
Growing corn8 viewsThis 2018 photo of corn growing just outside of Rosemount is a reminder of how the farmland throughout Burnsville looked.
Egg value in Burnsville7 viewsThe price of eggs in Burnsville 1921
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