Our Communities: A Walk Back Through Time
Waconia
Is situated on the shores of Clearwater Lake or as it is known today Lake Waconia with a population as of 2003 of 6,814. Waconia is the Dakota word meaning fountain or spring. It was surveyed and platted in March 0f 1857. The first settlers were probably Ludwig Sutheimer and Michael Schiednagel. John Moy was the first birth in Waconia in January, 1856. The island in Lake Waconia was known as Coney Island and was a very popular summer resort. A small community known as Coney Island station blossomed on the North West side of the Lake. The railroad would drop off vacationers and they would take the ferry to the island.

Cigar Factory owned by EH Mock.  Left to right are Frank Berg, Jonas Kropp, Clara Gust, Miss. Newbauer, Mayme Osterfelt, and Henry Gust  Av6625

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Cigar Factory owned by EH Mock. Left to right are Frank Berg, Jonas Kropp, Clara Gust, Miss. Newbauer, Mayme Osterfelt, and Henry Gust Av6625


Ed Weinzierl stenciles barrels of Waconia Sorghum.  He was just 15.  Av10544

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Ed Weinzierl stenciles barrels of Waconia Sorghum. He was just 15. Av10544


The boat landing for the Coney Island resort  Av1473b

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The boat landing for the Coney Island resort Av1473b


Here's what Waconia looked like from the Island in 1902.  Can you find the steeple for St. Joseph's Church?  Av1500

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Here's what Waconia looked like from the Island in 1902. Can you find the steeple for St. Joseph's Church? Av1500


CA Reil takes 5 to put his feet up in the Waconia Patriot office in 1917  Av6633

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CA Reil takes 5 to put his feet up in the Waconia Patriot office in 1917 Av6633