Black and white photograph of the Northwest Thresher Company, Stillwater, 1907. Photograph by John Runk Jr.

Northwest Thresher Company, Stillwater

Northwest Thresher Company, Stillwater, 1907. Photograph by John Runk Jr.

Black and white photograph of George W. Cass, c.1875.

George W. Cass

George W. Cass, c.1875.

Black and white photograph of Minneapolis Threshing Machine Company Plant, Hopkins, 1908.

Minneapolis Threshing Machine Company Plant, Hopkins

Minneapolis Threshing Machine Company Plant, Hopkins, 1908.

Black and white photograph of Minneapolis-Moline, Lake Street and Minnehaha, Minneapolis, c.1895.

Minneapolis-Moline, Lake Street and Minnehaha, Minneapolis

Minneapolis-Moline, Lake Street and Minnehaha, Minneapolis, c.1895.

Black and white photograph of men, horses, farm implements in field, Northcote farm, Northcote, Minnesota, 1914. Photograph by William Hartvig.

Men, horses, farm implements in field, Northcote farm

Men, horses, farm implements in field, Northcote farm, Northcote, Minnesota, 1914. Photograph by William Hartvig.

Black and white photograph of unidentified men in field with farm machinery, James J. Hill's Northcote Farm, Northcote, Minnesota, undated.

Unidentified men in field with farm machinery, James J. Hill's Northcote Farm

Unidentified men in field with farm machinery, James J. Hill's Northcote Farm, Northcote, Minnesota, undated.

Black and white photograph of Walter J. Hill's Northcote Farm Residence, 1915. Photograph by D. Wallace.

Walter J. Hill's Northcote Farm Residence

Walter J. Hill's Northcote Farm Residence, 1915. Photograph by D. Wallace.

Colorized Washburn-Crosby Flour Mills advertisement for Gold Medal Flour, Threshing Scene, unknown location.

Washburn-Crosby Flour Mills advertisement for Gold Medal Flour, Threshing Scene

Washburn-Crosby Flour Mills advertisement for Gold Medal Flour, Threshing Scene, c.1900.

Bonanza Farms, Red River Valley

Bonanza farms—large, commercial farming enterprises that grew thousands of acres of wheat—flourished in northwestern Minnesota and the Dakotas from the 1870s to 1920. Geology, the Homestead Act of 1862, railroads, modern machinery, and revolutionary new flour-milling methods all contributed to the bonanza farm boom.

Color image of a steel animal trap used by the Hudson’s Bay Company.

Animal trap

Steel animal trap used by the Hudson’s Bay Company.

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