Remembering Leng's Fountain

Downtown Grand Marais in the mid to late 1930's

WTIP collected stories about Leng’s Fountain, an old-fashioned soda fountain in downtown Grand Marais. We received many calls, in which people shared memories of everything from their favorite fountain treat to Mr. Leng’s famous corduroy pants. Here are some of the stories we received. Also, be sure to check out the documentary WTIP produced about Leng’s Fountain.

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What's On:
Earl and Ethel Leng inside Leng's Fountain

History Speaks: Recollections of Leng’s Fountain

Leng’s Fountain was a cornerstone of the community for many years. It was a true old fashioned soda fountain. You could order phosphates, ice-cream or stop in for coffee and a paper.


Leng's Fountain served everything from coffee to phosphates to ice cream

Remembering Leng's Fountain Part 5

In this segment, former patrons remember their favorite treats, Mr. Leng's patience, and some special parental advice from Earl and Ethel.


 
Image by Julie Rybarczyk on Flickr

Remembering Leng's Fountain Part 4

In this segment former patrons and employees remember everything from their favorite fountain treat to Mr. Leng’s famous corduroy pants.


Photo by ginnerobot on Flickr

Remembering Leng's Fountain Part 3

In this segment former patrons and employees remember everything from their favorite fountain treat to Mr. Leng’s famous corduroy pants.


 
Photo by netmonkey on Flickr

Remembering Leng's Part 2

In this segment former patrons and employees remember everything from their favorite fountain treat to Mr. Leng’s famous corduroy pants.


Photo by Michael Newman on Flickr

Remembering Leng's Part 1

In this segment former patrons and employees remember everything from their favorite fountain treat to Mr. Leng’s famous corduroy pants.