Monday, November 5, 2007

Uniquely Minnesota Artful Distractions--Hometown Version: Lindstrom Teapot Watertower

Drive down highway 8 between Forest Lake and Taylors Falls and can’t miss this icon. After all the Lindstrom teapot is located just off main street and the highway IS main street in this little town with Swedish roots! Lindstrom has nicknamed itself “America’s Little Sweden” as it was originally settled by Swedish immigrants. Though the water tower was put out of service in 1990 after 88 years, the teapot still stands as a welcoming beacon to those who visit and reside the Chisago County community.

As a Realtor working in the north metro, I often get to travel down this road on the way to show the lovely area lakeshore. Lindstrom is literally surrounded by several lakes and is a wonderful place to vacation and live. I love this hometown
Uniquely Minnesota Artful Distraction as it brings to mind a simpler time.
I grew up watching reruns of “Leave it to Beaver”. In one memorable episode, the Beaver’s imagination got the best of him and to settle a bet he climbed up and subsequently got stuck in the giant cup of coffee over the coffee shop trying to figure out how it stayed hot and steamed constantly. The Lindstrom teapot probably caused a lot of wonder and sparked more than one imagination during the past century. Nowadays, kids have flashing neon and billboards that change every few seconds welcoming them home. In some respects, maybe simple was better.

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