St. James Hotel of Red Wing, 2010

St. James Hotel of Red Wing, 2010

St. James Hotel, Red Wing built in 1875, restored 1979

Red Wing Shoe Company, view of west side, 2010

Red Wing Shoe Company, view of west side, 2010

Original Red Wing Shoe Factory built in 1905

Red Wing Shoe Company, front view, 2010

Red Wing Shoe Company, front view, 2010

Original Red Wing Shoe Factory built in 1905

William D. Sweasy, 1916-1991

William D. Sweasy, 1916-1991

William D. Sweasy, CEO Red Wing Shoe Company

Sweasy, William D. (1916–1991)

By the 1970s, Red Wing's famed Main Street scarcely resembled its 1870s glory days. But Red Wing was revitalized in the following decades by the vision and initiative of the Red Wing Shoe Company's William D. Sweasy.

La Pointe, Madeline Island, Lake Superior, Wisconsin.

La Pointe, Madeline Island, Lake Superior, Wisconsin.

La Pointe, Madeline Island, Lake Superior, Wisconsin (c. 1905)

Ramsay Crooks

Ramsay Crooks

Portrait of Ramsay Crooks

The American Fur Company's Fishing on Lake Superior, 1835–1841

In 1834, the American Fur Company established a commercial fishing operation on Lake Superior to supplement the company's profits. The financial panic of 1837 doomed the operation and the company declared bankruptcy in 1842. Commercial fisherman did not have a significant presence on Lake Superior again until the Duluth fishing boom in the 1870's.

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