THE BEEHIVE AND THE NEW LILAC PARK
The three-family fireplace commonly called the Beehive was
built in 1939 at the Highway 100 Roadside park that was
originally called Lilac Park. See
Highway 100's Roadside Parks
for complete information about the roadside parks.
Plans for the construction of the beehive, 1937.
The beehive was the cornerstone of Lilac Park for decades with its distinctive shape and its ability to accommodate three picnicing families at once.
In 1968, Lilac Park was bifurcated by an on-ramp to the highway, and Lilac Park declined. The park could no longer be accessed from the highway, and the grade from Toledo Ave. was steep. The Beehive fell into disrepair.
In 2008, the Beehive was moved to the Highway 100 Roadside Park at Highway 7, now known as the new Lilac Park. It was dedicated at the new Lilac Park on July 13, 2009.
2009 Dedication with Mayor Jacobs
The pictures and resources below
tell the story of the move and the history of Highway 100
and its roadside parks.
Click here for a video of the move on October 22, 2008 and the dedication on July 13, 2009.
Click here for a story about the move of the beehive in the StarTribune dated October 8, 2008.
Click here for photos of the new Lilac Park (Highway 7) on September 14, 2008 in the process of being restored.
Click here for a photos of the Beehive site at the old Lilac Park (Minnetonka Blvd.) on September 11, 2008, in preparation for the move.
Click here for photos of the damage to the beehive and stone structures prior to the move and restoration.
Click here for a 30 minute documentary about Lilac Way produced by TPT.
This information comes from a variety of sources: newspapers, books, yearbooks, phone directories, interviews, etc. Given the varied sources, we cannot guarantee that all of this information is correct, and welcome any additions and corrections. Please contact us with your contributions and comments.