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July 23, 2008

1950s Tourist Cabins

Filed under: Podcasts and Slideshows — Matt Anderson @ 1:40 pm

Curator Matt Anderson celebrates the summer road trip season with a look at an early predecessor to the modern motel: the tourist cabin. One cabin from the Star Harbor Resort near Two Harbors, complete with its furnishings and appliances, is highlighted. The cabin is now in the collections of the Minnesota Historical Society.

View photos of tourist cabins in general, and of the Star Harbor Resort in particular, in the Visual Resources Database. Purchase copies of Cabins of Minnesota and Minnesota Vacation Days in the online store. Learn more about one segment of the “hot pillow trade” in Minnesota under “History Topics.”

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3 Responses to “1950s Tourist Cabins”

  1. Pamela McClanahan Says:

    Great podcast, Matt!

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  3. Summertime – tourist cabins spotlighted | Past & present Says:

    [...] The podcast briefly discusses the history of tourist cabins and highlights a cabin from the 1910s in the society’s collection that was once part of the Star Harbor Resort near Two Harbors, Minnesota on the north shore of Lake Superior.  In our survey work, Mead & Hunt has identified similar cabin courts throughout the Midwest that have been determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.  To view the podcast [...]

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