Mike Worcester, "Televisions Come to Cokato." In The Midst Of, Cokato Historical Society (January, 2005) vol. 25 no. 1.
In the last issue of In The Midst Of, we wrote about the arrival of radios in Cokato and people’s reaction to that event. In that same spirit, we now examine what happened when the next technological wonder arrived—television.
Derived from the Greek word meaning far and a Latin word meaning to see (literal translation: to see far), television operates on the simple principle of converting electromagnetic signals into visible pictures and audible sounds. While television as we know it developed in the late 1920s, it would not be until after World War II that televisions arrived in Cokato.
Mike Worcester, "Radios Come to Cokato." In The Midst Of, Cokato Historical Society (October, 2004) vol. 24 no. 4.
The reception was fuzzy, the antenna took a while to set up, and the equipment at the telephone office caused too much interference. Despite these hurdles, in the summer of 1922, a new technological wonder was introduced to the people of the town. In 1922, radios came to Cokato.
Revised. Mike Worcester, "Lost Cokato: Cokato's Hotels." In The Midst Of, Cokato Historical Society (Spring, 1998) vol. 18 no. 2.
In the early morning hours of July 8, 1977, a fire started in one of the rooms of the Cokato Hotel, located next to the railroad tracks. In an era before mandatory smoke alarms, fire spread through the wood and brick structure, claiming five lives and destroyed the entire building. The fire also brought down the only hotel remaining in the community, and one has not been built since.
But there was a time when Cokato had as many as three hotels that stood ready to serve weary travelers passing through town.
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