Grand View Lodge, on the northeast side of Gull Lake, dates back to 1915 when Marvin V. Baker set up a hunting camp.
The only building on the property when Baker bought it was a log frame house which Baker used during hunting expeditions with his friends.
He soon turned his attentions to promoting the property as a resort and began subdividing lots for private homesites. He also built early cabins as part of the package and constructed a big lodge.
Through a booklet called Grand View Lodge, Gull Lake, Nisswa, Minn., dated 1916, which was printed by the Baker-Seaton Realty Co., he advertised the area and promoted the lot sales. The property surrounding the lodge was called "Gull Lake Park."
In the booklet, he says the following: "Gull Lake Park is reached quickly and easily from any point within 500 miles radius of Minneapolis. Just a few hours' ride up, on the N. P. RR.--then three miles by launch or auto, and you are at the Park all ready for the important business of enjoying yourself."
Healthful exercise at Gull Lake Park.
"There are two passenger trails daily -- each way -- between Minneapolis and Nisswa; and the trip requires less than 6 hours. There is also good telephone service and baggage service, and two mail deliveries daily.
"There is a fine hard-surfaced Motor Highway out from Nisswa, other good roads to the neighboring towns and various points of interest; while new roads are now in course of construction.
"The main thoroughfare running north from the city of Brainerd to Duluth, skirts the east shore of Gull Lake and passes within a half-mile of the Park itself. An ample sum of money has been appropriated for the improvement of the road into a hard-surfaced motor highway.
"When completed this will constitute a splendid scenic highway -- for motor cars--extending thru this Lake Park region and on up to the headwaters of the Mississippi and to Itasca National Park."
GRAND VIEW PROMOTION SCENES--Shown above are scenes which were used in a Grand View promotion brochure in 1916 when lots were being sold in Gull Lake park, part of the Grand View property.
At the time the brochure was printed and when Baker was promoting the area for private development, the brochure goes on to say the following: "The lots are 50 feet wide 'by 200 to 400 feet in depth, and well wooded with pine, birch, oak and other varieties of the native trees. In this tract we have retained several small park reservations -- beautifully timbered -- and every lot of the 139 has at least one of its borders facing one of these wooded parks.
"We have erected a hotel at Gull Lake Park which affords the summer vacationist every accommodation and every convenience that could be desired.
"This hotel occupies a commanding situation on the highest level of the central Plaza, giving a magnificent view of the lake to the south, and with the virgin forest in the background.
"There are also a number of furnished private cottages, conducted in connection with the hotel. They are very roomy and comfortable -- and built with screened-in porches, Cottagers may either do their own cooking or take their meals at the hotel.
"We have tents to let for those who prefer them.
"The prices of lots at Gull Lake Park range from $175 upward to $500, according to location, topography, etc. The terms are remarkably liberal -- $25 down and balance in monthly payments of $5.00, $10.00 or more."
An interesting note in the brochure was that "other properties in this vicinity, which are far less attractive, have become popular and increased greatly in values within the past few years, which is a sure indication of what is going to happen here." (Property on Gull Lake now sells for between $50 to at least $100 per frontage foot of shoreline.)
"Gull Lake Park is the most convenient and most accessible point on Gull Lake to the Rail- road and to the main auto road and motor boat route to Nisswa Station where all supplies can be obtained and closest possible( point to all points of interest and to the best fishing grounds.
Chippewa Indians Curing Rice.
In March, 1937, Baker sold the property to Brownie Cote, the same year, Cote purchased Inwood Lodge which lies between Gull Lake and Margaret Lake. He purchased the Inwood Lodge property from Jessie Archer, an early resident who operated the lodge for ten years with her sister. Inwood Lodge burned down in 1958.
Grand View since 1937 has been enlarged from ten primitive cabins (with outside privies) for 34 guests to a present-day modern resort-hotel with 20 hotel rooms and 45 cottages. The resort today accommodates 225 guests and facilities include three dining room 5, three convention meeting rooms, an 18-hole golf course, 12 housekeeping cabins and is one of Minnesota's leading resorts.
From 1937 to 1969, it operated under the ownership - management of Cote, Fred V. Rogers and Charles Everett in conjunction with Camp Lincoln for Boys(on Lake Hubert) and Camp Lake Hubert for Girls.
In 1969, ownership was taken over by the Cote family group with Fred Rogers, Chuck Everett, Sam Cote, Bob Cote and Fred Boos as active managers. The group also owns and operates Tanque Verde and Desert Willow Guest Ranches in the desert country near Tucson, Arizona, during the winter season.
Reproduced from the Centennial Edition of the Brainerd Daily Dispatch (1871-1971).