Found Twin Cities: Lake Harriet and the trolley

Visiting a moving landmark in the bucolic heart of south Minneapolis.

A recent trip to the city brought your correspondent to one of the most peaceful spots in the state’s largest city. Lake Harriet is a popular spot for walking, biking, swimming and sailing.

The nearby Como-Harriet streetcar line dates back to 1880 and once connected communities on Lake Minnetonka to downtown Minneapolis. Recreational rides on the vintage trolley car are still offered five days a week during summer months.

The Linden Hills train station sits across the street from the main park on the Lake’s north shore:

On the lake itself, the current Lake Harriet bandshell is the latest in a series of pavilions at the site.

The lakeside building is looking a bit weathered these days. This reader’s photo is of a concert over the weekend:

The lakefront is encircled by dozens of magnificent mansions. This restroom pavilion at the lake belongs in a fairy tale: