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Colonel Thorp Lane is Nisswa's newest street

Posted: November 25, 2013 - 5:02pm  |  Updated: November 27, 2013 - 12:39pm

The Nisswa City Council on Wednesday, Nov. 20, named a new, short stretch of road west of the new stop- light connecting Highway 371 and Hazelwood Drive in memory of a historical person.

The council received suggestions, and decided on Colonel Thorp Lane.

According to information given to the council, Col. Freeman Woodcock Thorp was a portrait artist who painted seven presidents from life, as well as all the gov- ernors of states that existed during his lifetime, and numerous senators, representatives and Cabinet mem- bers.

His oil painting of Abraham Lincoln that hangs in the Senate wing of the Capitol is the only painting of Lincoln in the government complex.

He had a castle on the hill overlooking Clark and Hubert lakes that was demolished in the 1940s because of a crumbling foundation. Thorp moved his family here from Ohio and Washington, D.C., hoping to cure his son, Clark, of tuberculosis. It was believed then that the northern pine air would cure the disease; however, Clark died six months after moving here. Clark Lake was named in the boy’s memory.

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