The original ideal for the road was part of an overall plan to connect Minneapolis’ major parks with parkways.
Christopher Hommerding is a historian of US LGBTQ history and holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work has appeared in the Public Historian, in the Annals of Iowa, and on the history of sexuality blog Notches. He is the recipient of a 2019 Minnesota Historical Society Legacy Research Fellowship.
In the summer of 1909, Oberholtzer had his so-called “3,000-mile summer.” His goal was to travel the major canoe routes of the Rainy Lake watershed.