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Steamboat Minnehaha on Lake Minnetonka in 1906.

By the Shores of Minnetonka: A Historical Tour Aboard Steamboat Minnehaha

Thursday, July 28, 2016 new date!
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Departing from The Depot Dock
402 East Lake Street, Wayzata, Minnesota 55391

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Ever since the Saint Paul & Pacific Railroad reached Wayzata in 1867, the town has been regarded as the “Gateway to Lake Minnetonka.” For many years steamboats met trains at the “Wayzata Wharf” along the edge of Wayzata Bay. From there tourists flocked to the lake’s many hotels, boarding houses, and lakeside communities. Simply “getting there” and seeing the sites along Lake Minnetonka’s beautiful shoreline was half the fun.

The Wayzata Historical Society’s Summer 2016 program will celebrate this experience aboard the historic streetcar steamboat Minnehaha.  Built in 1906 by Wayzata boat builder Royal C. Moore, this is your chance to celebrate a part of Lake Minnetonka’s history by joining us and enjoying a ride aboard this 110 year old steamboat.

We will depart the depot dock at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 28 and for approximately two hours we will take in the sites of lower Lake Minnetonka and discuss the histories of many interesting places along the way.

Tickets are only available online and are $12.00 for members, $15.00 for non-members. Seating is limited, so don’t wait-reserve your spot(s) today.

Upon our return to the depot dock, our new local Wayzata BrewWorks invites everyone to our local brewery. The special for the evening for all boat riders will be $5.00 pints and $2.50 short pours.

Join us as we explore the bays of lower Lake Minnetonka and discuss the histories of many interesting places.

Steamboat Minnehaha - Today

Steamboat Minnehaha – Today

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