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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.
Rosemount Bank 1909With no banks in Burnsville, one of the communities utilized for banking was Rosemount. Rosemount Bank 1909, note the St. Joseph Catholic Church steeple from the earlier church.
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.
Rosemount 1973Downtown Rosemount 1973.
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 clothingApril 19, 1973 - Dakota County Tribune - the clothing side of Eaton's Ranch.
December 26, 1954 Minneapolis Star Tribune: A development of 1600 homes to be known as Lebanon Hills, is being planned on 760 acres of Eaton's Ranch on Cedar Avenue three miles south of Highway 13.
Eaton's Ranch 1965A view of Eaton's Ranch 1965.
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.
Eaton's Ranch (Apple Valley)Located on Cedar Avenue, before the "freeway" this was a popular ranch in the metro area.

Arthur J. 'Art' Eaton last owner's obituary tells some of the history.

Eaton, Arthur J. "Art" Age 87, of Randolph Township, passed away at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, on October 28th, after a hard fought seven week battle with aspiration pneumonia. He was surrounded by his family and friends. Art was born to Arthur J. Eaton, Sr. and Alice Hendrickson Eaton in Waukon, Iowa on February 16, 1929.

When Art was a year old, he and his family moved to Apple Valley where his parents owned & operated Eaton's Ranch, a business that would stay operational into the 1970's. Art worked with his family at the ranch helping with various chores such as hay rides, sleigh rides, trail rides and rodeos. Feeling that he would get a better education than from the one room school nearby, his parents drove him 13 miles one way to and from Nathan Hale Grade School in South Minneapolis for his elementary school education. Art then attended Breck School in St. Paul for two years and graduated from St. Louis Park High School in 1947. When Art was a teenager his parents purchased the Lilac Way Riding Academy and Pastime Arena in St. Louis Park, which is still in existence today as the Roller Gardens Skating Rink.

Art remembered riding horses down Lilac Way which is now Highway 100. Art proudly served our country in the Air Force during the Korean War as a communications specialist. Eaton's Ranch had been out of the family for several years but came back into Art's life when he and his wife Joan repurchased it in the mid 1970's and again offered horse boarding, hay and sleigh rides as well as a restaurant on site called The Maverick.

As Apple Valley started growing around the ranch property, they discontinued the horse part of the operation and turned the business into the very popular Eaton's Western Store which they operated until it was taken by the highway department for the expansion of Cedar Ave. in 1982.
Eaton's Ranch 1965A view of Eaton's Ranch 1965.
Eaton's Ranch 1965A view of Eaton's Ranch 1965.
Eaton's Ranch 1965Eaton's Ranch 1965.
Esther Strese 1893 - 1965The Strese family were early residents of the Lebanon Township (now Apple Valley).
Ryan & CorcoranExterior of Ryan & Corcoran Hardware around 1920.
Brenier Motor CompanyFebruary 22, 1952 Brenier Motor Company tow truck, Rosemount.
July 1977 - Rosemount Depot burns.The Rosemount depot burns 1977.
Lebanon gets fire truck (Apple Valley)September 29, 1966 Dakota County Tribune: Lebanon's fire truck.
Lebanon Township gets first police carAugust 25, 1966 Dakota County Tribune reports Lebanon Township has its first police car. Shown is Chief of Police Gene Corrigan.
Fluegel's has adapted to suit the cityAugust 25, 2000 -

Long time Rosemount Rosemount business...
Carlson Tractor RosemountExample of the Ford Tractors available from Carlson Tractor in Rosemount.
St. Joseph Catholic Church Rosemount 1914St. Joseph Catholic Church Rosemount Rectory.
Lebanon (Apple Valley) establishes first police departmentNeighboring township - Lebanon (Now Apple Valley)

Township Growth
The township began to transform in the mid-1950s. Residential neighborhoods began to develop in the spring of 1955. A Planning Commission was established in 1962. In 1963, Orrin Thompson began building in the area. Thompson selected the name Apple Valley for several of his plats on either side of County Road 42 that were located in the southwest corner of the city. Thompson had an apple tree planted at each home in some of the new developments. In 1966, a volunteer fire department was organized. In the general election of 1968, the residents voted to incorporate the Town of Lebanon as the Village of Apple Valley. A mayor and four councilmembers were elected and took office on January 1, 1969. On January 1, 1974, Apple Valley became a statutory city.
Gene CorriganLebanon policeman and then first chief of police of Apple Valley Gene Corrigan.
Rosemount - Gopher Ordnance PlantDuring World War II, Rosemount farmers are forced to sell their land for what would be the Gopher Ordnance Plant. Minnesota Historical Society Publication - Minnesota History Summer 1985.
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