So Minnesota: Beehive Fireplace in St. Louis Park

Joe Mazan
Updated: December 29, 2020 07:49 AM
Created: December 09, 2020 04:46 PM

There are many unique roadside attractions in Minnesota. One in St. Louis Park stands out for its unusual shape.

A restored beehive fireplace is now located at Lilac Park along Highway 100. 

Karen Laukkonen designed the sign for the park and knows the history behind the beehive. 

"The nickname came because they look like the skeps which are really old beehives," Laukkonen said. "It was really a way to connect the community, it was a way for people to have family picnics and just enjoy themselves in a very quiet space." 

Back in the 1930s when Highway 100 was being built, a handful of limestone beehive fireplaces were placed in parks along the road. As Highway 100 expanded, some beehives were lost or neglected. 

Now only two beehives have survived; one in St. Louis Park, the other in Robbinsdale.

For more information on the beehive fireplace, click here.

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