Posted in Vintage Postcard Tidbits, tagged abandoned, abandoned building, arson, arthritics, fire, hell house, MN, monastery, mud baths, Mudcura, post card, post cards, postcard, postcards, rheumatoid arthritus, sanitarium, Shakopee, sulfur springs, then and now, vintage, vintage postcard, vintage postcards on August 8, 2011|
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Ever wonder what became of the buildings on old vintage postcards? Are you curious to know if they still stand? In my previous blog post, I showed two hotels; The Elms Hotel in Excelsior Springs, MO and The Durant Hotel in Fling, MI – Hotel Old Vintage Postcards – Then and Now . I continue my series of blog posts on “then and now” old buildings pictured on vintage postcards with the below sanitarium also known as Hell House.
Mudcura Sanitarium, Shakopee, MN Then…
Vintage postcard of Mudcura Sanitarium, Shakopee, MN, postmarked 1939
This building had originally been a sanitarium for rheumatoid arthritics in the early 1900’s. People took mud baths in mud from the nearby sulfur springs in hopes of relief from pain. When this went out of style, it became a monastery.
Mudcura Sanitarium, Shakopee, MN 1997…
Mudcura Sanitarium in 1997 after arson fire
Prior to this suspicious fire in 1997, it still looked very depressing (inside and out). Yes, the floors were unsafe and there was a hole in the roof from a previous fire, but I don’t believe it would’ve been considered a complete tear down.
As for the Hell House designation… At some point after the building was abandoned, someone had painted “hell house” across the top of the front. Kind of fits as the building does look creepy.
Be sure to stop back on August 12th, when I share a curious postcard message.
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Posted in Vintage Postcard Tidbits, tagged antique, antique postcard, antique postcards, asiatic lily, baby animals, blog, butter carvings, donuts, ephemera, flower, flower competitions, horse, horse barns, milk, milk booth, Milky Way, miracle of birth center, MN, MN State Fair, MN State Florist Association, post card, post cards, postcard, postcard exhibits, princesses, rabbits, real photo, real photo postcard, state fair, Tom Thumb, Tom Thumb donuts, toy train, train, vintage, vintage postcard, vintage postcards, white roses on August 8, 2010|
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The Minnesota State Fair is fast approaching. It starts August 26th and goes to Labor Day. I never miss the postcard exhibits in the Creative Arts Building. I can always find antique and vintage postcards I’ve LOVE to include in my personal collection; especially the real photo ones. I always wonder where they find these scarce postcards. I also visit:
the rabbits (the little ones are sooo cute and soft),
horse barns (I’m going to try and see the miniature horses this year),
flower competitions in the 4-H building (especially the MN State Florist Association displays which usually has a toy train running thru it)
the miracle of birth center (baby animals are soooo darling), butter carvings of the Milky Way Princesses, and of course the milk booth (all you can drink for a buck). Ooooh, almost forgot. My diet can wait; gotta have my Tom Thumb donuts. Yum Yum.
See you there!
** Here’s a link to an article about Iowa State Fair postcards, by postcardy (a member of my blogroll).
(Please visit Remember When Vintage Postcards for more great rabbit postcards and flower postcards. You can also find horse, rabbit, and flower postcards in my Bonanzle store.)
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