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Too Hot, Went to Lake

John Banks photo of boaters, about 1960. MHS Collections.
Boating, about 1960, photograph by John Banks, MHS Collections (Negative no. 71367).


Summer weather in Minnesota means heat and sweat, provoking the next thought: finding water. Indian tribes were the first to build summer villages on high ground overlooking lakes and rivers. By the mid-19th century, Minnesota's waters had become a tourist destination as state promoters urged travelers to enjoy the advantages of clean air and water. Today, one of every six Minnesotans owns a boat and heads for a lake when it's just too hot to do much else.