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.
Revised. Mike Worcester, "Lost Cokato: The Cecile Theatre." In The Midst Of, Cokato Historical Society (Late Fall, 1996) vol. 16 no. 4.
Cokato Theatre on Millard Avenue.
Motion pictures first appeared in Cokato in 1907, when a group of men petitioned the city council for permission to use the second floor of the village hall to show movies. Shown once or twice a week, these silent movies--which usually ran about twenty minutes--thrilled local audiences.
Mike Worcester, "Lost Cokato: The Cokato Airport." In The Midst Of, Cokato Historical Society (February, 2006) vol. 26 no. 1.
Anderson Airways around 1944-1945.
Yes, dear reader, you read that correctly. Cokato once had an airport.
The airport was located on a parcel of the Gordon F. Anderson farm, two miles northeast of town in Section 25 of Cokato Township. For most of its existence, it went by the name Anderson Airways.