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LITTLE MINNESOTA - 33
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Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member DAILLFARM
N 43° 57.450 W 096° 11.743
14T E 724994 N 4870975
Quick Description: This is the 33rd of 100 of the cities described in the book LITTLE MINNESOTA.
Location: Minnesota, United States
Date Posted: 6/27/2012 6:27:16 AM
Waymark Code: WMEQGW
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Waymarks Created From This Uncategorized Waymark:
 Hatfield Road House -- Hatfield MN - posted by Benchmark Blasterz

Long Description:
Since 1973, all incorporated towns were declared officially to be ‘cities’ by an act of the Minnesota Legislature. Ever wonder about those ‘little cities’? This series of 100 waymarks will take you to all corners of the great state of Minnesota to visit the 100 smallest of the incorporated cities in the state. All have a great story to tell.
This is the 33rd of 100 of the cities described in the book LITTLE MINNESOTA. The city of Hatfield was first surveyed in 1882 and incorporated in 1919. It is currently the home to 54 persons. Why the name Hatfield? In 1879, on an extremely windy day, one of the men on the railroad grading crew kept retrieving his hat from a field, and jokingly named the area Hatfield. The name stuck and the station of the Southern Minnesota Railroad evolved into the city of Hatfield.
In 1933, the Hollyhock Ballroom opened its doors and put Hatfield on the map. A veritable who’s who of the music industry played the Hollyhock until its closing. By the 1940s, acts like Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey and Guy Lombardo had played the Hollyhock. Through 50s, 60s and 70s big names such as Neal Sedaka, Lawrence Welk, Bobby Vee, Jerry Lee Lewis, Conway Twitty and the Beach Boys had performed. Local acts, however, made up the usual performers and sometimes upwards of 1,500 young people were in the crowds on Friday & Saturday nights. The Hollyhock was razed in the 1980s.
This series of waymarks is tuned to getting people to visit these wonderful small communities before they disappear completely. To validate your ‘find’, please post a photo of you with your GPS at the coordinates and please relate a little tidbit about what you learned about the town and its people that is not in this narrative or the book. You can learn more about ‘LITTLE MINNESOTA’ by logging on to (visit link)
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