From Cabins to Homes
Resorts, Restaurants, Bars and Dance Hall
Wilson’s Resort was sold and was operated as a roller skating rink for a couple of years in the early 50’s. Skaters would rent skates that clamped onto their shoes.
Then the dance hall was re-opened as Lakeside Pavilion. Lakeview was a popular destination in the late 50’s, with cars parked up and down Lakeshore Avenue. The owner, Richard Day, was only 29 years old in December, 1953, when the Hennepin County sheriff staged a Saturday night raid on the business after receiving numerous complaints from Independence Beach residents about under-age drinking. for selling liquor to minors. Day was charged with allowing minors to linger in a beer tavern, and the bartender was charged with selling 3.2 beer to minors. We can only imagine the raucous Saturday nights here on Lakeshore Avenue in those days!