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    • Wesley Nixon, telegraph operator, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1930?
    • Wesley Nixon was a telegraph operator at the Bulwer Junction depot in New Brighton for over 40 years. His father, Charles Nixon, lived at the depot and was one of its first station agents. The New Brighton Area Historical Society has renovated the...
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • Bulwer Junction depot, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1950?
    • The Bulwer Junction depot, located on the south village limits of New Brighton, was a Soo Line depot, which was built in 1887, and was in service for 95 years. It was donated to the New Brighton Area Historical Society in 1982, was moved to Long...
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • Aerial view taken from south village limits of New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1927
    • Aerial view from the south village limits of New Brighton was taken by MacGillis & Gibbs Company, a pole yard company, which is seen in the lower half of the photo. Notable buildings include the First Congregational Church, New Brighton Elementary...
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • Bison leg bones found at Hansen Park, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1972
    • Bison bones were unearthed from a boggy area near a creek at Hansen Park in New Brighton by three boys, Steven Sullivan, Joe McHale, and Joe Evangelist. A neighbor, who was a geologist, identified the bones as from a bison, which lived sometime...
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • Leone Aronson's arrowhead collection, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1945
    • Leone Aronson, a resident in the Rice Creek and Long Lake area of New Brighton, collected these Indian arrowheads through her childhood. A large Indian village is believed to have been located at the location prior to the Revolutionary War.
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • Foss House, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1965?
    • The Peder Foss home, located on Silver Lake Road in New Brighton, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Minnesota Historical Society stated that it recognized the Foss House as "historically and architecturally significant as...
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • Otto Schmalzbauer's Meats and Grocery Store, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1920?
    • Otto Schmalzbauer acquired land in June, 1901, from the New Brighton Land Company, upon which he built his meat market. One of the areas first entrepreneurs, Otto was a butcher, cattle and horse trader, hotel and saloon operator, slaughter house...
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • The Transit House and Hudoba Building, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1920?
    • The Transit House, left, a hotel in New Brighton, and the Hudoba Building, right, looking west on Front Street. The Devine Hotel, Searles Lumber Company, and the Devine home east of the railroad crossing are in the left center of the photo. The...
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • First Elementary School, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1910
    • New Brighton Elementary School, originally called District #18, was built in 1890, and served students in the area until 1939, when the second New Brighton Elementary School was built on 8th Avenue. The first building eventually housed the...
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • First Congregational Church annual picnic, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1909
    • The First Congregational Church of New Brighton was incorporated in 1890 and built in 1892 at a cost of $1500. It was located on the west side of 5th Avenue and 6th Street and operated in that location until 1958, when it was purchased by the New...
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • Beisswenger and Johnson Grocery Store, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1924
    • The Beisswenger and Johnson Grocery was located in the former Transit Hotel building. Lawrence Johnson, left, with his brother-in-law, Adoph Beisswenger, and their wives, Mable Beisswenger, center, and Rose Johnson, right, owned the store. Later...
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • Bell Lumber and Pole Yards, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1930
    • Bell Lumber and Pole Yards began business in 1919 treating telephone poles and lumber. The company hired many local men and is still in business today. In mid-1980s, after being declared a Superfund site by the Environmental Protection Agency...
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • Bell Lumber and Pole Yards, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1930
    • Bell Lumber and Pole Yards began business in 1919, treating telephone poles and lumber. The company hired many local men and is still in business today. In mid-1980s, after being declared a Superfund site by the Environmental Protection Agency...
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • Bell Lumber and Pole Yards, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1930
    • Bell Lumber and Pole Yards began business in 1919, treating telephone poles and lumber. The company hired many local men and is still in business today. In mid-1980s, after being declared a Superfund site by the Environmental Protection Agency...
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • Schmalzbauer and Zamor Store, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1920?
    • The grocery store of Schmalzbauer and Zamor, located on Front Street in the old Transit House building, was operated by Frank (Shorty) Zamor and Anton (Buff) Schmalzbauer, brothers-in law.
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • Schmalzbauer  Home Brand Grocery Store, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1925?
    • Otto Schmalzbauer, Jr. and Anton Schmalzbauer along with Florence Lundgren in the Home Brand Grocery Store, run by Anton and his brother-in-law Frank Zamor in the old Transit Hotel building.
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • Armistice Blizzard, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1940-11-11
    • The Armistice Day Blizzard of November 11, 1940, hit New Brighton hard. On the day following the blizzard, Phil Hadock and Sid Weber stand behind a big drift next to Butch Schmalzbauer's Jack Sprat Food Store to talk about the weather. Many New...
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • Belt Line Brick Company and employees, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1918
    • The Belt Line Brick Company began about 1910 and operated on a 24 hours-per-day basis employing many New Brighton men. It was located east of present-day Sunnyside School. Its operation slowed up in post-World War II years as the plant became...
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • Lubiewski Saloon, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1917
    • The Lubiewski Saloon was located at Fifth Avenue and Tenth Street in New Brighton. Owned by Al Lubiewski, it was purchased in 1938 by Henry Bona, who in 1939 sold it to the Village of New Brighton, which then went into the municipal liquor...
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • Treat Blacksmith Shop, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1900?
    • The first blacksmith shop in New Brighton was built in 1905 and was located next to the Town Hall. The blacksmith shop also had owner lodging above. Later a garage addition was added on to the south side facing the Village Hall. Another addition...
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • First Elementary School, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1922
    • The first school in New Brighton was located on Fifth Avenue west of Cleveland Avenue. Originally called District #18, It opened in 1890 and closed in 1939, when a new New Brighton School opened. Students and staff pose outside the school...
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • Marston Block, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1920?
    • Marston Block, located at the southeast corner of New Brighton's main street intersection, was owned by Frank Marston, and was a general store, dealing in groceries, feed, hardware, boots and shoes, and men's wear. A combination dry goods and...
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • Hudoba Building, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1923
    • The Hudoba Building, built by Alexander Hudoba, served as a general store, saloon, living quarters, and hotel, with the basement level used for farm animals. Alexander Hudoba, and sons, Walter, Alex, and Leonard Hudoba stand outside the building.
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • Bell Lumber Company fire, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1923
    • Bell Lumber and Pole Company was formed in 1919 to treat telephone poles and lumber. The company hired many local men. A fire in 1923 is destroyed the complex, but the company rebuilt and is still in business today.
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • Town Hall, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1900?
    • The New Brighton Town Hall was built in 1898. Although planned as early as 1891, it took seven years to finish the project. It held the police department, government offices, and social events which were held in the upstairs auditorium. It was...
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • Long Lake with water tower, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1900?
    • New Brighton's Long Lake from the west side of the lake, showing the remains of the stockyards industry, pump house, ice houses, and the stockyards water tower.
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • Long Lake, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1900?
    • A pristine view of Long Lake in New Brighton shows a horse on the lakeshore. The water was so pure in Long Lake that it provided a busy commercial ice industry for sixty years.
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • Harris Brothers Forge and Rolling Mill, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1891
    • Harris Brothers Forge and Rolling Mill began in the Irondale area in 1891. This mill turned bundles of scrap iron into large balls which were made into various shapes and forms. Seventy-five company homes were built for workers and their families...
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • City ambulance, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1950
    • A 1949 Packard was the first ambulance for the City of New Brighton. A group of local men organized to provide the vital ambulance service at a time when there were no hospitals in the local community. The vehicle sits in front of the New Brighton...
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • Swanson House, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1926
    • The Swanson Dairy Farm was located at 578 Silver Lake Road. The farm house, built in 1914, still stands. The farm not only produced milk, but sold it directly to the consumer through milk routes in northeast Minneapolis.
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • Cota Beauty Shop in New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1945
    • Alvena Cota's Beauty Shop opened in 1945 and operated into the 1980s. Her shop was located first on the south side of Tenth Street and later moved to Old Highway 8, behind the Skelley Station.
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • Portrait of Mrs. Putzke, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1930?
    • Mrs. Putzke was a homeless woman who lived in a vacant hotel building with her children in the 1930s. The Beisswenger family took her in and she remained on their farm for 35 years. Her two daughters lived in the home as hired help and Mrs....
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • Town Hall, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1920?
    • The view of the New Brighton Town Hall contrasts in size with the small shoemaker shop to its south. To the north is the Treat Building and a portion of the Marston Block. On the top of the hall was a flag pole which was on top of the large bell...
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • Bell Lumber and Pole workers, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1919
    • Bell Lumber and Pole Company was formed in 1919 to treat telephone poles and lumber. The pole yards were very important to the employment and economy of New Brighton. All of the heavy work was done by horses and pole yard workers in the early...
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • F. M. Searles and family, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1923
    • Prominent local businessman Franklin M. Searles, owner of F. M. Searles Lumber, a firm that also served as the Post Office, fuel store, and feed store in New Brighton. Pictured, far right, with children Monna, DeWitt, Isola, Coy, and wife Sadie...
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • New Brighton Auto Company, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1920?
    • Anderson Auto Company, located on Tenth Street in New Brighton, was the local Ford agency. Model T's from 1916-1927 are shown with Edward Blanksi, Walter Hudoba, owner, George Anderberg, Sr., Alex Hudoba, and Frank Shorty Zamor in the car. The...
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • Portrait of Franklin M. Searles, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1920
    • Franklin M. Searles, his wife, Sadie, grandson Donald, and son DeWitt, in front of their still-standing home on Fourth Avenue in New Brighton. Searles was a prominent businessman and served on the Town Council for many years. He was known as...
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • Transit House Hotel, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1911
    • The Transit House Hotel was the first hotel in New Brighton, built by its first mayor, Jack Davies. The hotel was located on Tenth Street and Fifth Avenue. Davis is standing in the doorway. The hotel was built for travelers to the stockyards and...
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • Belt Line Brick Company, New Brighton, Minnesota

    • 1930?
    • The Belt Line Brick Company began about 1910 and operated on a 24 hours-per-day schedule. It employed many local men. Its operation slowed down in the post-World War II years as the plant became outmoded. It was razed in 1961. John Zellie and...
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society

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