Black and white photograph of the first locomotive to bring iron ore to the Duluth docks with dignitaries and crew members, 1934.

Locomotive that hauled the first car of iron ore to the Duluth docks

The first locomotive to bring iron ore to the Duluth docks with dignitaries and crew members, 1934.

Black and white photograph of the Duluth & Iron Range Railroad shops, Two Harbors, 1915.

Duluth & Iron Range Railroad shops, Two Harbors

Predecessor road Duluth and Iron Range at Two Harbors where car maintenance and repair took place, 1915.

Black and white photograph of the large classification yard and part of the shops complex at Proctor, 1900.

Duluth, Missabe and Northern railroad yards at Proctor

The large classification yard and part of the shops complex at Proctor, 1900.

Color image of a Great Northern Railway "Snow Train" sign, ca. 1942

Great Northern Railway "Snow Train" sign

This sign was attached to a float in the St. Paul Winter Carnival parade, ca. 1942. The image of the mountain goat was used extensively in advertising and equipment livery by the Great Northern. Mountain goats are plentiful at Glacier National Park, which was a site of great importance in the marketing of Great Northern passenger service. However, its use as a symbol by the Great Northern is said to have originated from former railroad president William Kenney. He employed one in the delivery of newspapers as a boy.

Black and white photograph of a Great Northern Railway float, at the St. Paul Winter Carnival, 1942.

Great Northern Railway float

Great Northern Railway float, St. Paul Winter Carnival, 1942.

Black and white photograph of speaker’s stand and crowd at the 100th anniversary celebration of the Great Northern Railway at St. Paul’s Union Depot, 1962.

100th anniversary celebration of the Great Northern Railway

Speaker’s stand and crowd at the 100th anniversary celebration of the Great Northern Railway at St. Paul’s Union Depot, 1962.

Black and white photograph of a celebration on Sixth Street West in St. Paul on the occasion of the completion of the Great Northern Railway, 1893. Photograph by T. W. Ingersoll.

Celebration of the completion of the Great Northern Railway

Celebration on Sixth Street West in St. Paul on the occasion of the completion of the Great Northern Railway, 1893. Photograph by T. W. Ingersoll.

Black and white aerial view showing Great Northern Railway yards in southeast Minneapolis , ca. 1921. Photograph by Paul W. Hamilton.

Aerial view showing Great Northern Railway yards in southeast Minneapolis

Aerial view showing Great Northern Railway yards in southeast Minneapolis, ca. 1921. Photograph by Paul W. Hamilton.

Black and white photograph of Metropolitan Stadium under construction. Photograph: Minneapolis Star Journal Tribune, 1955.

Metropolitan Stadium under construction

Metropolitan Stadium under construction. Photograph: Minneapolis Star Journal Tribune, 1955.

Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington

When local enthusiasts wanted to lure major league sports to Minnesota in the 1950s, they made plans to build an outdoor stadium in the cornfields of Bloomington. Metropolitan Stadium—"the Met"— hosted Minnesota's professional baseball, football, and soccer teams until the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome replaced it in 1981.

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