Hubbard, Lucius F. (1836–1913)

Young Red Wing newspaper editor Lucius F. Hubbard backed his words with action when he enlisted as a private in the Fifth Minnesota Volunteers during the Civil War. He emerged from the fighting as a general and a war hero, and became wealthy through wheat marketing, milling, and railroads. He was elected governor in 1881.

American Fur Trading Post at Fond Du Lac, Duluth

American Fur Trading Post at Fond Du Lac, Duluth

American fur trading post at Fond du Lac, Duluth (c. 1826, created in 1940)

Two fur traders

Two fur traders

Two fur traders circa 1880.

Fort St. Louis/Fond du Lac, Lake Superior

From 1615–1821, Lake Superior was known as "the Great Crossroads" of the western fur trade. The north shore of the lake harbored the major water routes to the western interior of North America. The British inherited the Lake Superior region from the French after the French and Indian War. In the later decades of the Eighteenth Century, the British North West Company controlled the Lake Superior Fur Trade. The North West Company was founded in 1779 by Scottish businessmen in Montreal.

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.

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