Thursday, March 10, 2011

Dorothy Molter - The Root Beer Lady

Who could have ever imagined that a registered nurse from Chicago would become a legend in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the largest wilderness preserve east of the Rockies. This wilderness area located near Ely, Minnesota served as Dorothy Molter's home for 56 years during which time she paddled, hiked, fished, and snow shoed in this magnificent outdoor wonderland. Dorothy began visiting the area in 1930 at age 23 but beginning in 1934 she remained for an extended period of time while she cared for Bill Berglund. Bill owned the Isle of Pines Resort. Dorothy continued to visit the Isle of Pines Resort in the following years and when Bill passed away in 1948 she became the owner of the resort. She operated the resort from 1948 until her death in 1986. During her years of running the resort she was visited by as many as 7,000 people a year. To properly greet her guest she would offer them home made root beer. She would make around 12,000 bottles of root beer a year. A museum has been established at the old resort where visitors can still buy frosty bottles of root beer, supposedly created with her original formula. Because of her love of root beer and willingness to share with all who would visit she was deemed the "Root Beer Lady".

To learn about the Dorothy Molter Museum go to:
or Dorothy Molter's Root Beer Fan Club on facebook


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