Black and white photograph of men, horses, farm implements in field, Northcote farm, Northcote, Minnesota, 1914. Photograph by William Hartvig.

Men, horses, farm implements in field, Northcote farm

Men, horses, farm implements in field, Northcote farm, Northcote, Minnesota, 1914. Photograph by William Hartvig.

Black and white photograph of unidentified men in field with farm machinery, James J. Hill's Northcote Farm, Northcote, Minnesota, undated.

Unidentified men in field with farm machinery, James J. Hill's Northcote Farm

Unidentified men in field with farm machinery, James J. Hill's Northcote Farm, Northcote, Minnesota, undated.

Black and white photograph of Walter J. Hill's Northcote Farm Residence, 1915. Photograph by D. Wallace.

Walter J. Hill's Northcote Farm Residence

Walter J. Hill's Northcote Farm Residence, 1915. Photograph by D. Wallace.

Colorized Washburn-Crosby Flour Mills advertisement for Gold Medal Flour, Threshing Scene, unknown location.

Washburn-Crosby Flour Mills advertisement for Gold Medal Flour, Threshing Scene

Washburn-Crosby Flour Mills advertisement for Gold Medal Flour, Threshing Scene, c.1900.

Bonanza Farms, Red River Valley

Bonanza farms—large, commercial farming enterprises that grew thousands of acres of wheat—flourished in northwestern Minnesota and the Dakotas from the 1870s to 1920. Geology, the Homestead Act of 1862, railroads, modern machinery, and revolutionary new flour-milling methods all contributed to the bonanza farm boom.

Color image of a steel animal trap used by the Hudson’s Bay Company.

Animal trap

Steel animal trap used by the Hudson’s Bay Company.

Color image of a musket stock used by the North West Fur Company. Made between 1790 and 1800.

Musket stock

Musket stock used by the North West Fur Company. Made between 1790 and 1800.

Nelson, George (1786–1859)

George Nelson spent nearly twenty years as a clerk in the fur trade, working for the XY, North West, and Hudson's Bay Companies. He kept extensive journals that offer a valuable picture of life in the fur trade and the culture of the American Indians he met during his travels.

Black and white photograph of a police raid on slot machines, St. Paul, 1935. Photograph from the St. Paul Daily News.

Police raid on slot machines, St. Paul

Police raid on slot machines, St. Paul, 1935. Photograph from the St. Paul Daily News.

Black and white photograph of Nina Clifford’s brothel at 147 S. Washington Street, St. Paul, 1937.

Nina Clifford’s Brothel

Nina Clifford’s brothel at 147 S. Washington Street, St. Paul, 1937.

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