Lake Minnetonka reveals a new trove of shipwrecks

  • Article by: TOM MEERSMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 14, 2012 - 7:08 AM

Archaeologists are scanning the bottom of one of Minnesota's largest lakes for unknown shipwrecks, and have already found some.

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donm251Apr. 13, 1210:34 PM

Cool! It should be interesting what more items are discovered.

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hnnr03Apr. 13, 1211:12 PM

Still remember enjoying all the rides at the Excelsior amusement park...the history of the park from the late 1800's on the Island priceless. For any history buff this is great.

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noggnbloggnApr. 14, 12 3:56 AM

A body of water is like a Venetian Flytrap -- what goes in, rarely ever comes out. The piles of beer bottles on the bottom will suggest good fishing spots. The cars, ice houses, and junk will reveal early springs of years past. Maybe there will be a future museum for historic Sears-Robuck-Kenmore washing machines (there are probably several thousand on the bottom of the lake) My grandma had a hand-crank model that would leave your pants as stiff as a board -- just make sure you kept your fingers out of the rollers! Cool project, thanks for the story.

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greatermngalApr. 14, 12 6:04 AM

Interesting story -- it would be fun to take up scuba diving and check these out!

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martin68Apr. 14, 12 7:42 AM

I talked with an older gentleman recently who grew up on Lake Minnetonka. He was saying that in the 40's and 50's, it was common to dump old appliances and other things that were no longer needed. I think that it would be great if another wreck could be restored. I love the history of Lake Minnetonka.

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ShebaLernerApr. 14, 12 8:08 AM

I don't understand why any funding is being given to these folks. The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office Water Patrol/Sonar/Dive Teams knows where everything is. They've been scanning and diving the lake for years. If someone wants to know what's out there, just ask them. No funding needed.

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ddellwoApr. 14, 1210:48 AM

Tell them to keep an eye out for my sunglasses while they're down there -- the things were like brand new when the wind pulled them off my head!

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DufferHApr. 14, 1211:49 AM

Why no mention of the street-car boat that has been pulled from the lake and restored?

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wildfoxApr. 14, 1212:01 PM

I grew up on Lake Minnetonka and it was a great place not so much now. Over development has dramatically changed the landscape and the water quality is terrible. It is nice to see people are interesting in studying the history of the lake. It would be nice to have a Lake Minnetonka museum with artifacts pulled from the lake. My father was a heavy equipment operator he worked on many projects in this area and he found a lot of antiques/collectables buried that I still have.

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jlestribApr. 15, 12 9:16 AM

Mapping out these sites will certainly help protect them from looting. Very good thinking.

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