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Lake Minnetonka, MN Hotel Lafayette Fire, Oct 1897

HOTEL LAFAYETTE BURNED.

BIG MINNETONKA HOSTELRY COMPLETELY DESTROYED.

Minneapolis, Oct. 5. -- Hotel Lafayette at Lake Minnetonka was totally destroyed by fire yesterday.
The hotel was closed for the season and the fire was discovered by residents in the vicinity too late to do anything to save the structure. Minneapolis sent an engine and 2,000 feet of hose, but on arrival there the building was a mass of smouldering ruins.
Hotel Lafayette was built in 1881 and was the property of the Great Northern Road. It was an immense wooden structure nearly 800 feet long, 100 wide and 95 high, and contained a total floor area of five acres. For the first few years after its construction the building was too small to accommodate the crowd of summer visitors, but in late years it has been a losing investment.

Eau Claire Leader Wisconsin 1897-10-06



article | by Dr. Radut