Then and Now: Graeser Park, aka Robbinsdale Rockgarden Roadside Parking Area

Scan from original negative on Epson Expression 10000XL.

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Twin Cities Then and Now: Graeser Park (also known as Robbinsdale Rockgarden Roadside Parking Area), Highway 100 and Broadway Avenue, Robbinsdale (1940/2016) shown ca. 1940 and today. Photos by me and the Minnesota Historical Society

Crossposted at the Stuff About Minneapolis tumblr.


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3 Responses to Then and Now: Graeser Park, aka Robbinsdale Rockgarden Roadside Parking Area

  1. Aaron Isaacs
    Aaron Isaacs March 21, 2016 at 11:42 am #

    When we moved to the Twin Cities in 1958 we rented a house in Brooklyn Park for a year. My family would have picnics at Graeser Park.

  2. Jason Podany March 22, 2016 at 8:34 am #

    Is this the last roadside standing park along Highway 100? I notice the chimney like fire pit in the pictures. I think it would be neat to restore it to it’s original character and make it a transportation history landmark. To think people used to have picnics on highway roundabouts along Highway 100.

    • Thomas Mercier March 22, 2016 at 11:25 am #

      I believe there are 2-3 still in existence. Lilac Park in the SE corner of Hwy 100 and Hwy 7/County Road 25 is in good shape. It’s accessible from the Cedar Lake RT or the frontage road that serves Nordic Ware.