A resource for reliable information about significant people, places, events, and things in Minnesota history.
The first train depot, built by the Merritts at Mountain Iron was part of a larger railroad project heavily bankrolled by John D. Rockefeller, 1893.
First electric street cars in Minneapolis, c.1889.
First farmhouse, Oliver Kelley farm, Sherburne County, c.1865.
First Mayo Clinic office, Rochester, 1883.
The Merritts' first mining operation on the Mesabi, c.1892.
First mine on Mesabi Range, near Mountain Iron, c.1892.
First Minnesota monument at Gettysburg, c.1945. Erected by the State of Minnesota on the spot near Cemetery Ridge where on July 2, 1863, the regiment held the Union line against advancing Confederate soldiers.
Members of the First Minnesota Mounted Rangers in front of temporary barracks outside the walls of Fort Snelling, 1864.
First Minnesota officer's hat insignia, c.1861. Worn by William H. Dike of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company G.
First Minnesota officer's sword and scabbard. The scabbard was reportedly owned by Colonel William Colvill of the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
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