First, watch the documentary that inspired this website.
2001. Highway 100: Lilac Way. Examines Lilac Way, one of Minnesota’s most historic stretches of roadway, capturing the history of Depression-era WPA-built landmarks along one of the first highways in Twin Cities. Produced by Twin Cities Public TV.
Funded by Federal Highway Administration and MnDOT. Length – 28:16
July 15, 2009. Historic beehive fireplace moves to new Lilac Park. The City of St. Louis Park and partners moved the 75 year old beehive fireplace and other WPA-built park features to new Lilac Park and restored them to pristine condition. Bob Reiss and Bob Jorvig from SLP Historical Society pushed for the project for years, and Bob Jorvig was there to cut the ribbon for the new Lilac Park. Length – 4:44
2015. Highway 100 has rich history. Short and sweet video about Highway 100’s history. Includes footage of Graeser Park and interview with Jamie Korf, AAA spokeswoman. Length – 2:26
Karen: Find link to AAA article
June 16, 2015. Volunteers work to restore Robbinsdale park. A group of volunteers is trying to preserve history in Robbinsdale. Kent Brun and others are hoping to restore a rundown park that was once a destination spot. Length – 1:54
2001. History of ‘Lilac Way’ in Golden Valley, MN. Features incredible archived footage as it documents Highway 100 in Golden Valley, MN. Length – 13:36
Nov. 8, 2013. Graffiti creates eyesore on historic Robbinsdale structure. Beehive was tagged with spray paint, so disappointing. Northwest Community TV. Length – 0:49
1999. Gateway. Documentary of destruction of Gateway District in Minneapolis, MN. Frequented by the homeless and targeted by “urban renewal’, these were the men who helped build Lilac Way on the WPA Program. Length – 9:05