Commerce Building, St. Paul

St. Paul's Commerce Building was originally built to house the Commercial Club of St. Paul and the offices of the St. Paul Association of Commerce. Years later, it reflects the economic strength and civic influence of St. Paul's business organizations at the beginning of the twentieth century. The Commerce Building is typical of buildings designed to house commercial and civic groups as well as private tenants.

Black and white photograph of former Territorial Governor Willis Gorman, c.1872.

Willis A. Gorman

Former Territorial Governor Willis Gorman, c.1872.

Oil-on-canvas painting of Henry H. Sibley, 1860.

Henry H. Sibley

Oil-on-canvas painting of Henry H. Sibley by Thomas Cantwell Healy, 1860.

Sepia-tone photograph of railroad construction taken by Benjamin Franklin Upton, c.1868.

Construction, Hastings and Dakota Railroad

Sepia-tone photograph of railroad construction taken by Benjamin Franklin Upton, c.1868.

Map reproduced in William Watts Folwell's <em>History of Minnesota</em>, Vol. 2 showing railroad lines in Minnesota as graded, located, proposed, and constructed between 1857 and 1862.

The Railroad Situation, 1857–1862

Map reproduced in William Watts Folwell's History of Minnesota, Vol. 2 showing railroad lines in Minnesota as graded, located, proposed, and constructed between 1857 and 1862.

The Minnesota and Northwestern Railroad Land Grant Scandal of 1854

In 1854 legislators in St. Paul requested a grant from the federal government to create a rail line across Minnesota Territory. Public outcry led to scandal and the repeal of the territory's first land grant bill.

Joseph Rolette portrayed as a Métis in a pastel by an unknown artist, c.1890.

Painting "Joe Rolette"

Joseph Rolette portrayed as a Métis in a pastel by an unknown artist, c.1890.

Black and white photograph of Angélique Jerome Rolette, wife of Joseph Rolette, c.1880.

Angélique Jerome Rolette wife of Joseph Rolette

Angélique Jerome Rolette, wife of Joseph Rolette, c.1880.

Black and white illustration of Fur Trade fort at Pembina with Red River Trail oxcarts in the foreground, 1860.

Pembina Fort

Fur Trade fort at Pembina with Red River Trail oxcarts in the foreground, 1860.

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