Nana No-Recipe Wednesday! Owatonna, MN

by Sarah on July 21, 2010

Nana was born and raised in a small town south of Minneapolis called Owatonna.

Well, guess where I was this week?

Ye olde homestead.  Sister Marie said that it was much prettier in their day, as their father Wilber J. loved flowers and had planted beautiful flowers all over the place.  The place is still pretty cute.

We visited Mineral Springs park, where the legend of the frail princess Owatonna lives on.

Look!  The healing waters.

Are you ready to bite the bubble?

The restored princess.

Downtown Owatonna.  Americana at it’s finest.

Costas’ candy store!  Nana used to have these chocolates and caramels shipped to us in California and it was a big deal if I got to have one.  I used to keep the empty boxes to put notes or treasures in.

Looks like Wonka’s factory.  I dropped a cool $60 on candy.

Next up, the historic Owatonna National Farmer’s Bank, designed by Chicago architect Louis Sullivan, who is considered the world’s first truly modern architect.

the above photo found here

The inside is amazing.

The ACTUAL bank president was sitting in there, he saw me taking pictures of his door.

You can read more about Louis Sullivan and the Owatonna bank here–interesting stuff.


Next up, Central Park.

Power plant.  This was huge and I hung out the window to take it, so I thought I’d put it up here.

I had a very nice pilgrimage to Nana’s hometown.  If you’re in the neighborhood, check it out.  And don’t forget to bite the bubble!

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