Wayzata Historical Society will host program on Steamboat Minnehaha & Yellow Jacket Streetcar Boats

File photo of the Minnehaha. Photograph credit Daniel Gustafson.

The Wayzata Historical Society will host a program entitled “Yellow Jackets: The Story of Lake Minnetonka’s Streetcar Boats” at Wayzata City Hall on Thursday, April 27, 2023.

The event, which is open to the public, will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room.

The program will delve into the history of the “streetcar boats” that were operated by the Twin City Rapid Transit Company between 1906 and 1926.

Pictured are the Harriet and the Minnehaha. Submitted photo.

The boats were designed by Royal Moore, a Wayzata based boat builder and were able to provide transportation on Lake Minnetonka during that era.

The event will also feature a discussion on the history of the streetcar steamboat Minnehaha, which was raised from the bottom of the lake in 1980 and restored back to passenger service in 1996.

Minnehaha, one of the six identical streetcar boats, is an iconic symbol of Lake Minnetonka’s heritage and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places in Minnesota. The Minnehaha has been operated by the Museum of Lake Minnetonka in recent years.

It is the only steam-powered vessel-for-hire based in the state. However, the boat has been stuck in drydock since 2019 when it lost access to the only launch ramp capable of getting it back into the water.

During the program, an update on the current status of Minnehaha will be provided to the audience. The boat is currently being stored in a maintenance facility and continues to receive care while awaiting a new launching home.

The event is free, and no registration is required.

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