Forest Lake Museum offers relic hunt

Just a few more days to enjoy museum

Once upon a time, over 100 years ago, you could take a train north from St. Paul to a small village.

From the village depot you could send a telegraph message announcing your arrival. Then you might spend the day fishing or relaxing on the beach.

If you wished, you could return at night on the same train.  Or you might splurge and stay in a luxurious hotel.

So many people came to the village that it grew into a resort area, so popular that the President of the United States, Grover Cleveland, visited.

The village was Forest Lake.

In keeping with the recreation theme, the Forest Lake Museum displays a collection of fishing lures. (Photo by Mary Bailey)

Explore the rich history of this area at the Forest Lake History Museum.

You can see the actual 1880s depot telegraph.  Also on display are an 1850s axe used by the Banta family to build one of the first log homes in the area, an 1850s doll owned by the daughter of a local settler, and the Alan Bakke fishing and lure collection.

On loan from the DuFrense and Banta families is a pictorial history of the wire grass industry from 1880 to 1930, and a rare wire grass rug made at the turn of the century.

Relic hunt

To encourage people to drop in and enjoy the history on display, the Forest Lake Museum has prepared a relic hunt for the end of the season.  The museum’s last day this summer is August 26.

The museum is located at 67 S. Lake St. Hours are Tuesdays from noon to 7 p.m, Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 5 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The four prizes are gift certificates from Carter’s Jewelry & Gifts at 85 Lake St. N., Vannellis By The Lake at 55 Lake St. S., Carly’s Cafe at 59 Lake St. S., and Forest Lake Floral at 508 Lake St. S.

Executive director Glen Berg said the prizes will be awarded to the first four visitors to answer all 15 questions correctly.

All information needed for the relic hunt can be found in the museum exhibits. A sample question:  In what year did the Forest Lake Marching Band win a first-place trophy?