This lithograph of the Rochester map drawn by P.P. Condit, Civil Engineer and Surveyor, shows the platted sections of the city with blocks, lots and streets and some business ads. The businesses listed are: John W, Remine, Attorney at Law; Stevens House, J. Fleck, Proprietor; F. A. Soule, Attorney at Law; Rochester Free Press, F. A. Soule, Editor; American House, C. C. Cole, Proprietor; Eleazer Damon, Watchmaker and Jeweler; G. C. Sherman, Boots and Shoes; Fay and Leonard, Attorneys and Insurance Agents; Reynolds and Woodword, Drugs and Medicines; I. M. Terrill, Ornamental Painter; La Dui and Leet, Merchant Tailors and C. C. Willson, Attorney and Counselor at Law.
This is an original plat of Olmsted County with many handwritten notes and drawings showing early Minnesota settlers, farmers and other town landscape features. This map is the earliest documentation we have found in our collection of the farms, towns, and topography of Olmsted County, Minnesota.
A horse-drawn wagon is shown heading north on Minnesota Avenue in St. Peter. From left to right, the buildings shown are the Cunningham Hotel, the Gorman building, and the Presbyterian Church. Mulberry street is between the Gorman building and the church.
A view of the first railroad bridge across the Minnesota River at St. Peter. It served the Winona and St. Peter Railroad. This wooden bridge was located between Kasota and the St. Peter State Hospital. The image is a reproduction made from an earlier photograph.
Dated the fourth day of March in 1871, this bond was issued by the Borough of Saint Peter in order to raise money to finance the construction of the Winona & Saint Peter Railroad. The value of the bond at maturity was five hundreds dollars. The railroad crossed the Minnesota River and entered Nicollet County near the site of the St. Peter State Hospital in May of 1871. The railroad eventually extended through St. Peter, Traverse, Oshawa, Nicollet, and Courtland in Nicollet County before it crossed the Minnesota River into Brown County.