From the August 30th, 1878 edition of the Alexandria Post:
Minnesota, the famed land of "sky-tinted waters," has no other equal area embracing so many attractions to health and pleasure seekers, tourists and sportsmen, as well as permanent residents as are found in Douglas County. The time has now fully come when these advantages, unsurpassed beauties, should be made known to the world. Next summer will witness the coming of hundreds - even thousands - of visitors to spend a few days or weeks or an entire season among this wealth of loveliness. Business men and men of means need look after the accommodation of these guests. Summer homes along the lakes, with boats, drives and all facilities for enjoying what nature has so lavishly bestowed should be provided for all who come.