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Black and white photograph of the the Hesper at Manitowoc, c.1900

The Hesper at Manitowoc, c.1900

Starboard bow view in river at Manitowoc, c.1900

Black and white photograph of the Hesper, c.1900.

The Hesper, c.1900

Starboard bow view of the Hesper in St. Mary's River, c.1900.

Color image of Cold Spring Granite Company Loading Area, c.2007.

Cold Spring Granite Company Loading Area

Cold Spring Granite Company Loading Area, c.2007.

Black and white photograph of Henry Alexander's Children, c.1915.

Henry Alexander's Children

Henry Alexander Children L. to R., Bill, John, Marion, Isabel in Rockville, Minnesota. c.1915.

Black and white photograph of Cold Spring Granite Company Plant, c.1940.

Cold Spring Granite Company Plant

Cold Spring Granite Company Plant, Cold Spring, Minnesota, c.1940.

Black and white photograph of Splitting Granite, c.1938.

Splitting Granite

Splitting Granite, Cold Spring Granite Company, Cold Spring, Minnesota, c.1938.

Black and white photograph of Hilter's Tombstone, c. 1945

Hilter's Tombstone

Hiltler's Tombstone, Cold Spring Granite Company, Cold Spring, Minnesota, c. 1945.

Black and white image of Marine Engine Block, War Production, c.1943

Marine Engine Block, War Production

Marine Engine Block, War Production, Cold Spring Granite Company, Cold Spring, c.1943.

Black and white photograph of Quarry, Rockville Granite Company, Rockville, Minnesota, c.1910

Quarry, Rockville Granite Company, Rockville, Minnesota

Quarry, Rockville Granite Company, Rockville, Minnesota, Henry Alexander left, c.1910.

Cold Spring Granite Company and the Henry N. Alexander Family

St. Cloud was an ideal place to settle if you were a quarryman looking to make a living in the 1880s. The area was rich with a multitude of colors of granite. All that was needed was the right skill set. It was an opportunity just waiting for the likes of the experienced, Scottish-born quarryman Henry N. Alexander who at age nine began learning the craft from his stonemason father near Aberdeen, Scotland. Henry came to the United States in 1880 and established a family granite dynasty that today is the largest granite producing company in the United States.

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