1930s image (color added) of the Cedar River above Ramsey Dam, north of Austin. On the right, eastern shoreline was the land known at one time as Paddy’s Point.

LOOKBACK: Moonshine center of legal battle over Ramsey dance hall

100 years ago, cottage owners along Cedar River fought off controversial lease agreement at Paddy’s Point above dam

1925 plat map of Lansing Township showing (arrow pointing) what was Paddy’s Point along the Cedar River.
1922 newspaper drawing of George Hirsh, one of eight Paddy’s Point cottage owners who sued over the dance pavilion. At the time (1921), Hirsh, a successful clothing retailer, was in between two terms he did as Austin’s mayor.
June 16, 1921, headline in Albert Lea Evening Tribune about the Ramsey cottage owners’ legal battle.
1938 aerial image of the Cedar River at Ramsey Mill Pond. Yellow arrows points to the Paddy’s Point area.
Early 1900s photo above Ramsey Dam (color added). (Photo provided by Mitch Helle-Morrissey)
1928 image (color added) of Ramsey Recreation Park (later became Ramsey Golf Course) across the Cedar River from what was known as Paddy’s Point.
Ramsey Dam circa 1915 on the Cedar River. Photo provided by Dave & Ann Forland, owners of The Old Mill Restaurant at the dam.
Cedar River State Water Trail at Ramsey Mill Pond on Nov. 16, 2020. Photo taken by CRWD’s Paul Hunter with a drone. Shown is the 1911 abandoned railroad bridge. On the right would be land that once was part of Paddy’s Point.

Formed in 2007, CRWD works to reduce flooding and improve water quality on the Cedar River State Water Trail and its tributaries in southern Minnesota.