A resource for reliable information about significant people, places, events, and things in Minnesota history.
An 1879 view of William LeDuc's fanciful Gothic Revival house, which still stands in Hastings. Photograph by J.H. Proctor.
The Minnesota Building, 2009. Photograph by Thomas R. Zahn.
1878 advertisement featuring the Minnesota State Fair.
The old Babbitt plant of the Mesabi Iron Company was enlarged and rebuilt for use as a test plant by Reserve Mining Company in 1951–1952. It operated from 1952–1957 producing taconite pellets.
The Old Union Depot, St. Paul, c.1890.
The original St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral building in Minneapolis, 1888.
Photograph of the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, c.1930, as it appeared when the Andrews Sisters won a talent contest that launched them on the vaudeville circuit.
From left to right: Leonidas, John, and Bert Merritt exploring, 1890.
Postcard depicting harness-racing at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand, c.1910.
Map reproduced in William Watts Folwell's History of Minnesota, Vol. 2 showing railroad lines in Minnesota as graded, located, proposed, and constructed between 1857 and 1862.
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