Hometown is the story telling challenge for #DogwoodWeek10 this week. The photo should tell the story of your hometown. It could be a famous landmark, something the town is known for, or even just your favorite place to relax.
Mom loves her hometown of Wayzata, right on Lake Minnetonka. Sometimes in the summer we go for a walk in town, sit in those giant Adirondack chairs, check out the beach, and other fun stuff. Being winter with tons of snow, means an extra challenge. The first idea is a simple street sign. Mom grew up on Crosby Rd in several different homes. Her dad was a builder, so they kept moving to a new home further down the street. Crosby Rd is a big part of who she is.
The second idea is the movie theater marquee on the Main Street. In the earlier 1900’s, Wayzata was a tourist destination where people from the city would go for a vacation at the lake. On July 23, 1932, the Wayzata Theater opened with 500 plush seats. Tickets were thirty five cents for adults, ten cents for children. At the time it was pretty fancy! Over the years, the theater was renovated several times, but on September 28, 1985, the final movie was shown, European Vacation, with two dollar tickets. The theater was demolished shorty afterwards but the marquee was preserved as a showpiece on the new building.
Our final photo and the one we are choosing for the photo challenge is the Wayzata Depot, with, of course, me and Bailie in the photo. The depot, in Tudor style, was built by the Great Northern Railway in 1906, and was considered to be one of the fanciest stations on the entire railway! Trains continued to stop at the station through 1958. In 1972, Burlington Northern donated the station to the city of Wayzata and it was added to the register of historic places in 1981. We think is is adorable, and shows the class of the old fashioned hometown of Wayzata.