Swany White Flour Mill

Before burning to the ground in 2011, the Swany White Flour Mill was the last remaining 19th century mill in use in Minnesota. Located in Freeport, the mill produced white flour, mixes, and other grain products for more than a century. It was a local landmark and was a frequent stop for people interested in the history of milling and bread baking.

Dam, Coon Rapids.

Dam, Coon Rapids.

Coon Rapids Dam, 1920.

Construction of the power plant at the north end of the Coon Rapids Dam.

Construction of the power plant at the north end of the Coon Rapids Dam.

Construction of the power plant at the north end of the Coon Rapids Dam, 1914.

Coon Rapids Hydroelectric Dam

Between 1913 and 1914 the Coon Rapids hydroelectric dam was constructed with the intent to provide power to Anoka County. The dam was shut down in 1966 after becoming too expensive to operate. It later became part of Minnesota’s environmental control program.

Webb Publishing Company, special equipment that assembles and binds telephone directories.

Webb Publishing Company, special equipment that assembles and binds telephone directories.

Webb Publishing Company, special equipment that assembles and binds telephone directories, 1937.

Ogden Gunderson reading The Farmer.

Ogden Gunderson reading The Farmer.

Ogden Gunderson reading The Farmer, c.1922.

The Farmer (Webb Company)

Founded in 1882, the Farmer grew from a small publication produced by Edward A. Webb and his wife to a large magazine with a circulation of over 175,000. For over one hundred years, it was published by the Webb Company in St. Paul.

Black and white photograph of Joseph Renshaw Brown, c.1863. Photograph by Hirsch Brothers.

Joseph Renshaw Brown

Joseph Renshaw Brown, c.1863. Photograph by Hirsch Brothers.

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