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house on Coney Island Waconia

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Kodiak

whats up with that abandoned house on coney on waconia??? I seen that the other day when i was moving my shack, freaky?

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danny berg

Them old time Gangsters use to live there back in the 30's. I believe there use to be a supper club out there at one time but I'm not sure.

Maybe somebody can refresh my memory also

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Finlander

Here is what is noted in a lake map of Waconia:

In 1886-1889, Lambert Naegle purchased the island for $5,200.00. Named it "Coney Island of the West".

Plotted 103 lots, constructed streets, a park,

boat houses, docks, hotel, pavillion and bath houses.

In 1889-Late 1930's, Reinhold Zeglin bought and operated

the hotel complex throughout the period. Rumor has it Mark Twain as a visitor! University of Minnesota held summer training camp there on the east end.

1940's to present, Frank "Shorty" Dvorak owned and operated dining, dance, cottage and launch facilities on the island through the 1950's (also day camp).

Ran a marina, bait, boat rental service in Waconia through the 70's.

The remainder of the island became privately owned and buildings subsequently abandoned.

So Der! shocked.gif

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danny berg

Finlander.

I knew it was something like that, you do hear of stories that gangsters like Dillenger use to hide out there, but most of that is bar talk

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lots of luck

You can also go to County Market in Waconia, South side of Hwy.5 and get a pictoral history of the island. They have large 4' x 8' pics of the island from its hayday.

The island is a gem and has huge potential monetarily and historically. I am originally from IN and when people visit they are intrigued about the island and its history.

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Kodiak

man i am gonna go check it out...COOL

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Fergus Mor McErc

After the first time I fished Waconia (years ago), I was telling my father about the fish I caught and he asked (with a chuckle) if I had hooked any bodies. I told him no and asked him what made him ask that. He told me he used to go to dances on the island and inevitably some drunk would try to swim to shore and drown in the process. He said it happend a bunch. Unfortunately, knowing what alcohol does to some people, it's probably all too true. The drownings, not the bodies still there. crazy.gif

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Kodiak

wow, breaking out the camera and the portable this weekend! LOL

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