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1971 Plymouth Duster and 1970 Pemtom, Movilla Mobile Homes - Cimarron Park, Lake Elmo, Minnnesota - 1975

It must have been about 1970 when our family moved into the new Pemtom development of Cimarron Park out in rural Lake Elmo. A pretty good hike down "Hudson Road", long before it became the freeway thqat it is today. When we moved in, most of the park was dirt and the old barn still stood in this development. I remember seeing the advertisements for Chaska's Brannondale which was also being populated with these same classy looking, oil stained, rough wood sided homes. But Brannondale had garages! Tuck-under, two-stalled garages and decks! These Movillas were trailered out here in the normal fashion but Cimarron craned these homes over trenches, on top of cement pilings, after removing the bolt-on hitches and axels. Apparently the crane was "new", because initial homes had been wheeled into location and the wheels removed leaving the axels in place. It was a sight to see when us kids would run to watch another home lifted sky-ward, axels removed, and gently placed onto it's concrete pads. Once in place, a piece of rebar in the concrete was welded to the frame at each pad, locking the home into place. Though I never saw it happen first-hand, a few of these homes were dropped from the crane and in due time, the park reverted back to wheeling the homes into location again. Once in location, the soil was "leveled" and sod was placed such that these homes were right at ground level. No aluminum skirting, no flimsy metal stairs. The short steps that were required had to be of solid wood construction to match the style of the homes and park constructed sheds and fences. For a "mobilehome park", the place looked pretty nice in it's day! However, the homes had their problems, all the roofs had to be replaced in the first few years of existance and Movilla quickly went bankrupt and disappeared from existance, long before Cimarron Park achieved 100% occupancy. But Pemptom had started something and other mobile home manufactures began constructing wood sided homes and non-Pemtom units finished filling the park. This photo was taken in the summer of 1975, not long before we left Cimarron. You're looking at the original 5-year-old Pemptom Movillas and my mother's 1971 Plymouth Duster with the old "Slant-6" and automatic transmission. Our unit was the first one on your right with the big boulder on the curbside, #316. And, with that basket on the handlebars, I hope that was my sister's bicycle in the front lawn, and not mine. :-)


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Cologne, Minnesota, usa

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  • Uploaded on October 27, 2012
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    by mnragnar
    • Camera: Nikon COOLSCAN V ED