From Cabins to Homes

Resorts, Restaurants, Bars and Dance Hall
Glampe's
New Glampe's building, circa 1961
Credit: Maple Plain Museum

    In the mid-50’s the Gertz’s sold the resort to Fred and Liz Glampe and it was re-named Glampe’s. Over the next 15 years, Glampe’s became a neighborhood institution. In the beginning, Glampe’s was a tavern that also sold  bait, some groceries and gas. There were 6 rental cabins and 20 rental boats.

     Glampe’s had a swimming beach with a raft, and picnic grounds that were open to the public at no charge. There were changing rooms in the basement. The neighborhood kids spent their summers at the beach. In addition to swimming, Glampe’s had pinball machines and sold pop, ice cream and candy. In the late 50’s to early 60’s the Red Cross offered swimming lessons for beginners and intermediate swimmers, and many of the neighborhood children learned to swim there.

     The tavern sold 3.2 beer and set-ups for BYOB. The bar was a popular after-work destination. 

     Around 1961, County Road 19 was moved further away from the lake and a bridge was built to allow boaters to travel under the bridge from Lake Independence to Half Moon. The county bought the Glampe property and the Glampe’s built a new building on property the county had vacated.

     The new building was more of a restaurant, with seating for 66 people at tables and 28 at the bar. The menu included ribs, hamburgers and baskets. The second floor was a three-bedroom apartment where the Glampe’s lived. The rental cabins were gone but there was still a fleet of fiberglass boats, pontoons and motors for rental. Glampe’s was a popular destination for snowmobilers.

     The Glampe’s sold the restaurant around 1970 and the new owners changed the name to the Dockside Inn.

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