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    • Young man with camera on the shore of Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota

    • 1905 - 1910
    • This young man is holding a box camera, sitting on a fallen tree. Perhaps he arrived across the reedy bay by the canoe that is drawn upon the shore. Message says friends waved their kerchiefs as the train passed by.
    • Westonka Historical Society
    • Young Judea Trailblazers basketball team, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    • 1940
    • Young Judea Trailblazers were just one of several teams that participated in Minneapolis community inter-league play. Pictured are: Shel Stryker, Al Vorspan, Bud Helper, Ed Firestone, Irv Pinsky, Rueb Kaplan, Marsh Drucker.
    • University of Minnesota Libraries, Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives
    • Wreckage of the Pleiades, Oltmsted County, Minnesota

    • 1937-07-18
    • A group of local sight seers and souvenir hunters are gathered around the wreckage of the Pleiades, the gondola used by Dr. Jean Piccard during his flight. The gondola quickly burned after a fire was caused by burning excelsior ignited by the TNT...
    • Olmsted County Historical Society
    • World War I: The Home Front in Minnesota

    • 2012-07-31
    • Immediately after signing the Declaration of War against Germany on April 6, 1917 President Woodrow Wilson issued an appeal to all citizens to support the government of the United States. (Mankato Free Press, April 6, 1917, p. 1). Many responded to...
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    • World War I: Home Front in Minnesota - Alien Enemy Registration

    • 2012-07-31
    • On the same day that Congress declared war on Germany, President Woodrow Wilson announced a set of regularions, controlling the activities of alien enemies. The regularions specifically identified alien enemies as German males, fourteen years or...
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    • World War I Cadets in St. Peter, Minnesota

    • 1917 - 1918
    • These students served as cadets during World War I. They are shown in their uniforms beside the High School that was constructed in 1907 in St. Peter, Minnesota.
    • Nicollet County Historical Society
    • Woods' tinsmith shop, St. Peter, Minnesota

    • 1870 - 1887
    • This photograph shows a tinsmith shop in St. Peter that was located on the west side of the 300 block of South Minnesota Avenue. Owner C. R. Woods sold stoves and tinware. Charles Feldman, C. R. Woods, and Harry Woods are in front of the shop.
    • Nicollet County Historical Society
    • Women's Christian Temperance Union Temple in Windom, Minnesota

    • 1900
    • An exterior view of a two story building that was built in 1892. The Women's Christian Temperance Union Temple (W. C. T. U.) was first used for lectures, and later used for purposes ranging from traveling shows to funerals.
    • Cottonwood County Historical Society
    • Women and children on an outing, St. Paul, Minnesota

    • 1919?
    • A group of women and children arranged in and around an automobile. This photograph is notable for the fact that there is a woman in the driver's seat.
    • University of Minnesota Libraries, Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives
    • Winter scene, St. Peter, Minnesota

    • 1883 - 1890
    • This winter scene shows businesses on the west side of South Minnesota Avenue in St. Peter, ranging from the 300 block at the left to the 100 block on the right. The Danby Cigar Factory, Schleuder's Jewelry Store, the Nicollet County Bank, and the...
    • Nicollet County Historical Society
    • Winona and St. Peter Railroad Bridge, St. Peter, Minnesota

    • 1879?
    • This view of the original Winona and St. Peter Railroad bridge over the Minnesota River that was completed in 1871 appears to look toward Kasota from a location near the St. Peter State Hospital. The bridge was replaced about 1879 by a metal one. ...
    • Nicollet County Historical Society
    • Willis Hall and chimes, Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota

    • 1943?
    • Colorchrome postcard of a rear view of Willis Hall on the Carleton College campus with Burton Hall and Sayles-Hill Gymnasium also visible. Portion of handwritten text on the back reads "this is one of the not so new buildings on campus here. Chimes...
    • Carleton College Archives
    • William Rinkel Store, St. Peter, Minnesota

    • 1909?
    • This photograph shows a man with a horse-drawn wagon in front of the William Rinkel Dry Goods and Groceries Store in St. Peter at 108 South Minnesota Avenue. The caption on the reverse indicates that Chas. H. Clark was going camping at Lake Emily,...
    • Nicollet County Historical Society
    • William Crooks locomotive, St. Paul, Minnesota

    • 1934
    • The William Crooks was the first locomotive to operate in Minnesota. Constructed in 1861, it provided service a year later for the Saint Paul and Pacific Railroad, a company that eventually became part of the Great Northern Railway. James J....
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • William Crooks locomotive, St. Paul, Minnesota

    • 1938
    • The William Crooks was the first locomotive to operate in Minnesota. Constructed in 1861, it arrived on a river barge in Saint Paul. It provided service in 1862 for the Saint Paul and Pacific Railroad, a company that eventually became part of the...
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • William Crooks locomotive, St. Paul, Minnesota

    • 1938
    • The William Crooks was the first locomotive to operate in Minnesota. Constructed in 1861, it first provided service a year later for the Saint Paul and Pacific Railroad, a company that eventually became part of the Great Northern Railway. James...
    • New Brighton Area Historical Society
    • William A. Ritt store, St. Peter, Minnesota

    • 1915 - 1919
    • Bill Ritt sold Edison phonographs and records at this store at 500 South Minnesota Avenue in St. Peter. Posters of famous musicians are on the walls, and an assortment of phonographs are visible along the walls. A note on the reverse states that...
    • Nicollet County Historical Society
    • Whitney Brothers Gravel Business Structure, Duluth, Minnesota

    • 1959
    • Winter view of the remnants of the Whitney Brothers rock crushing business that stand in Lake Superior off the shore at Canal Park near the Aerial lift bridge. William A. Whitney and E. Harvey Whitney of Superior, Wisconsin, had a sand and gravel...
    • University of Minnesota Duluth, Kathryn A. Martin Library, Northeast Minnesota Historical Center Collections
    • Whaleback "Frank Rockefeller" launch in shipyard, Duluth, Minnesota

    • 1895?
    • Whaleback "Frank Rockefeller" launch in shipyard; bystanders; one of the largest whalebacks 366 foot 2,759 ton steamer; worth more than $225,000;damaged November 2, 1905
    • University of Minnesota Duluth, Kathryn A. Martin Library, Northeast Minnesota Historical Center Collections
    • Washout of the lower dam, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    • 1897?
    • Failure at the lower dam shortly after its completion, shows a section that was washed out. A train is running along the bank of the Mississippi River.
    • Hennepin History Museum
    • Washout of the lower dam, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    • 1897-04-01
    • Failure at the lower dam shortly after its completion, shows a section that was washed out; also shows the Minneapolis Western Railroad Bridge and the west bank of the Mississippi River.
    • Hennepin History Museum
    • Washout of the lower dam, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    • 1897-04-01
    • Failure at the lower dam shortly after its completion, shows a section that was washed out; also shows the Tenth Avenue Bridge and the east bank of the Mississippi River.
    • Hennepin History Museum
    • Washington, Minnesota Territory

    • 1858
    • A map showing the proposed community of Washington, Minnesota Territory, including streets, blocks, and lots. The Minnesota River is included. Washington was to be located in Section 4, T110N, R26W in Nicollet County, Minnesota. It was surveyed...
    • Nicollet County Historical Society
    • Washington School, St. Peter, Minnesota

    • 1907 - 1909
    • This postcard shows the Washington School in St. Peter that was located on the northeast corner of the intersection of Fourth and Elm streets.
    • Nicollet County Historical Society
    • Washington Avenue, Detroit, Minnesota

    • 1909
    • Overview of a busy day on Washington Avenue in Detroit, Minnesota (became Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, in 1926). Some businesses that can be seen are W.L. Corbett & Co Groceries, Restaurant, Merchant and Tailor, City Bakery, Lillian, First National...
    • Becker County Historical Society
    • Walking trails and a bench for reflection, Center City, Minnesota

    • 1950?
    • Photograph looking across a street that is in the foreground, to a park bench surrounded by trees and grass. Hazelden's grounds are considered to be a 'little spot of heaven' and maintaining a beautiful and serene setting continues to be a priority.
    • Hazelden Foundation
    • Waiting to go to summer camp, St. Paul, Minnesota

    • 1940
    • Boys leaning againt an automobile while another boy leans out of the window behind them. These boys are enrolled in "Stay At Home Camp" a successful summer camping program that allowed St. Paul kids to engage in camp activities in the Hill...
    • University of Minnesota Libraries, Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives
    • Wahlstrom Hall at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota

    • 1949
    • This image shows Wahlstrom Hall, a dormitory that was located on the southern end of the Gustavus Adolphus College campus in St. Peter. After many years of use, the building was demolished. This postcard negative, marked 4139, has been converted...
    • Nicollet County Historical Society
    • Volunteer enlistment paper of Phiney Wells, St. Peter, Minnesota

    • 1862-12-27
    • On December 27th, 1862, Phiney Wells signed this document in St. Peter to enlist in the First Mounted Rangers. Wells stated that he was born in New York and that he was 25 years and eight months old. He listed his occupation as a farmer. Wells...
    • Nicollet County Historical Society
    • Visiting room at the St. Peter State Hospital, St. Peter, Minnesota

    • 1919
    • This postcard shows the visiting room in the A.D.I. (Asylum for the Dangerously Insane) building at the St. Peter State Hospital. The initials represent the phrase Asylum for Dangerous Insane. Sources at the hospital state that the image was...
    • St. Peter Regional Treatment Center
    • View of Michigan Street, Duluth, Minnesota

    • 1895
    • 132 West Michigan Street, Cudahy Packing Company building designed by Oliver Green Traphagen, 126 West Michigan Street Thompson Fruits, wholesale, horses and wagons, dray, awnings, workers, Patton and White that became Glass Block
    • University of Minnesota Duluth, Kathryn A. Martin Library, Northeast Minnesota Historical Center Collections
    • View of Duluth, Minnesota

    • 1896?
    • A view looking northeast from Second Street and about Ninth Avenue West that shows the Northern Pacific railway freight house on the far right to the Seventh Avenue West incline railway elevated above Second Street on the far left. Minnesota Point...
    • University of Minnesota Duluth, Kathryn A. Martin Library, Northeast Minnesota Historical Center Collections
    • View of Carimona, Minnesota.

    • 1906?
    • Panoramic view of Carimona, Minnesota looking westward. In 1855, Carimona was established as the county seat of Fillmore County, but lost that distinction a year later.
    • Fillmore County Historical Society
    • View of bridge and Minnesota River, St. Peter, Minnesota

    • 1916-01-31
    • This postcard shows the railroad bridge that was south of St. Peter and is addressed to Miss Nathalie L. Asp, 224 24th Ave. E., Duluth, Minn.. The message on the back reads, "Dear Thalie: It's a shame, should have written long ago and here I never...
    • Gustavus Adolphus College
    • View from water tower of Crosby, Minnesota

    • 1912
    • This view of Crosby, Minnesota, taken from the water tower, shows the Spalding Hotel in the center and the White School at center top. The Miner's Hospital is the three-story building to the left of the school. A message on the back to Mrs. Chas....
    • Cuyuna Iron Range Heritage Network
    • View from Old Main, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota

    • 1902
    • Pedestrians are seen strolling down the snow-covered boardwalk leading from the college's Old Main building toward what is now College Avenue in the city of St. Peter. The boardwalk and parallel unpaved road are lined with trees, while below are...
    • Gustavus Adolphus College

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