Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway

The Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway (DM&IR) was a small railroad that hauled iron ore and taconite from the mines of northern Minnesota’s Mesabi and Vermilion Iron Ranges to docks on Lake Superior at Duluth and Two Harbors. It operated in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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.

Great Northern Railway

The Great Northern Railway was a transcontinental railroad system that extended from St. Paul to Seattle. Among the transcontinental railroads, it was the only one that used no public funding and only a few land grants. As the northernmost of these lines, the railroad spurred immigration and the development of lands along the route, especially in Minnesota.

Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis

As enthusiasm for professional sports grew in Minnesota during the mid-twentieth century, Metropolitan Stadium, designed for baseball, became too small and had too few amenities to continue to attract professional teams. By the early 1970s, Minnesota's teams, seeking greater profits, began to demand a bigger and better venue. The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome ("The Dome"), a covered, multi-purpose stadium built in downtown Minneapolis, served this purpose for thirty-one years.

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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