Light Trails on Interstate 94 in Maple Grove, MN

Went out today with the goal of getting another shot taken on my Holga 120 wide pinhole camera. I’m working on the finishing up the first roll of film in it. I really wanted some light trails on the interstate with a nice blue sky after the sunset. I drove along the beat-up road to my favorite bridge just outside the city. Went to pull off the road onto the snowy side to safely park my car, only to have the “OH SHOOT I’M STUCK” feeling. Slowly reversed, slowly pulled forward and SUCCESS. After that close call, I couldn’t find a safe spot, so ended up parking half a mile away in a business parking lot and walking back. Pulled out the Holga WPC, and was disappointed in the composition. Looked through my digital camera, and liked what I saw.

After 20 minutes, I even had a nice police officer stop by. Investigating a tip called in. He confirmed I wasn’t doing anything illegal, which I was understandably relieved with.

Exciting day!

For more pictures of Maple Grove’s water towers please see my post Maple Grove’s Water Towers; it includes two image galleries filled with pictures.

Eagan MN, Water Towers and Reservoirs

Eagan, MN has two water towers and four water reservoirs that help deliver water to the residents of Eagan. As I found with my article on the water towers in Maple Grove MN, not much is written about them online.   The specifications below were taken from the document Water Supply and Distribution Plan for the City of Eagan (PDF Document).  The photos were all taken by me, Adam Bavier.

Specifications of the Towerview Road \ Unisys Water Tower:

  • Built in, 1967
  • Storage, 0.5 MG
  • Total Capacity, 0.5 MG
  • Located, 1420 Towerview Road, Eagan, MN

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Maple Grove’s 2011 Fireworks

Maple Grove launched off fireworks on July 16th, 2011 for the ending of Maple Grove Days. The fireworks were launched behind the Government Center on West Arbor Lake. I chose a viewing location approximately 4 miles away. After watching the fireworks right next to the lake for many years, I chose to mix it up this year.

Maple Grove MN Fireworks

Maple Grove MN Fireworks

Grand Finale:
Maple Grove MN Fireworks

The fireworks show was approximately 15 minutes long.

Maple Grove’s Water Towers

Maple Grove, MN has two water towers. Interestingly enough not much is written about them online.  The below information is what I’ve been finding as I look into the water towers.

Specifications of the Northern Maple Grove Water Tower:

  • Built in, 1982
  • Built by, Pittsburgh-Des Moines Steel Company
  • Capacity, 2000 M Gal.
  • Color, cream.
  • Maple Grove and red oak leaves are painted around the top.
  • Located at 9511 Ranchview Ln. N, Maple Grove, MN 55369
  • Located at approximately +45° 7′ 37.26″, -93° 28′ 40.41″ Elevation 945ft.

Specifications of the Southern Maple Grove Water Tower:

  • Built in, 1973
  • Built by, Pittsburgh-Des Moines Steel Company
  • Capacity, 1,500 M Gal.
  • Color, cream.
  • Maple Grove and red oak leaves are painted around the top.
  • Located at 6865 Sycamore Ln. N, Maple Grove, MN
  • Located at approximately +45° 4′ 40.78″, -93° 26′ 37.91″.

Images of the Northern Maple Grove Water Tower:

Images of the Southern Maple Grove Water Tower:

This is a work in progress document. Any more concrete information, or useful updates? Use the contact form, or add a comment below.

Last Updated:
9/30/2011 Added two new pictures of the Northern tower.
4/11/2011 Date, capacity and pictures added for the Southern Maple Grove Water Tower. Few more pictures for the Northern Water Tower.
1/8/2012 Added Maple Grove Days fireworks and flash photography pictures of the Northern Tower.