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Coney Island of the West

Former tourist resort

Lake Waconia
Waconia, Minnesota 55387
United States

On This Very Spot in 1886, Lambert Naegle purchased the island in Waconia Lake for $5,200 and built on it a resort hotel. He named his resort the "Coney Island of the West." The name could have come from as many as three sources: 1)It was named after the more famous Coney Island of the East, in Brooklyn. 2)It is a shortened version of the town's name, Waconia. 3)It was named such after the area's high population of "conies," or rabbits.

On This Very Spot in 1889, Reinhold Zeglin bought and operated
the hotel complex. Legend has it that period celebrities such as Mark Twain and Al Capone visited during this period.

On This Very Spot in 1903-1905, the University of Minnesota held their pre-season football practices on the island, thinking that the fresh island air and open space would be good for the players.

On This Very Spot in the 1940s and 1950s, Frank "Shorty" Dvorak owned and operated the dining, dance, cottage, day camp, and launch facilities on the island.

The island is now privately owned and buildings subsequently abandoned.

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This island is privately owned. DO NOT TRESPASS on this property or disturb the occupants in any way.

Condition: Abandoned houses, cars, gardens, and outbuildings.

Public Access: Privately owned

Parking: None. It's an island.

Location: The middle of Waconia Lake, just north of Waconia, MN

Nearest Major Airport: MSP

Nearest Rail: Minneapolis

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