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Black and white photograph of the intersection of Chicago Avenue and Lake Street, Minneapolis, 1956.

Intersection of Chicago Avenue and Lake Street, Minneapolis

This image shows the intersection of Lake Street and Chicago at the beginning of 1956. Note the Rialto Theater—which would later become a magnet for anti-pornography protesters—on the left. A photojournalist took this image soon after the city had rebuilt the street to better accommodate automobiles. Lake Street was repaved, widened, and illuminated with state-of-the art florescent fixtures in an effort to make it into what was known at the time as a "Great White Way." These efforts helped to make the street into the center for automobile culture in the region. Dotted by gas stations and drive-ins, the street boasted seventy-four automobile dealers. It also became a magnet for drag racers. These changes to the street's built environment made it inhospitable to pedestrians and weakened the social economy of the street. Businesses left the street en masse in the early 1960s, setting the stage for the Alexander brothers, who were able to profit from these plummeting property values. This photograph was taken on January 9, 1956, by the Minneapolis Star Journal.

Black and white photograph of a view of Cloquet after fire, 1918.

View of Cloquet after fire

View of Cloquet after fire, 1918.

Colorized tinted photographic postcard showing Lewis Street in Watertown, c.1909.

Lewis Street, Watertown

Tinted photographic postcard showing Lewis Street in Watertown, c.1909.

Duluth Armory

The Duluth Armory has served as both a military training facility and an entertainment venue since its construction in 1915. Notable for its neoclassical design, the armory was central to the work of the National Guard and Home Guard. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.

Color illustration of New Ulm, c.1860.

Illustration of New Ulm

Illustration of New Ulm, c.1860.

Black and white photograph of Amhoist Complex and Robert Street Bridge, 1969.

Amhoist Complex and Robert Street Bridge

Amhoist Complex and Robert Street Bridge, 1969.

Black and white photograph of State Street, 1960.

State Street, West Side Flats

State Street, 1960.

Black and white aerial view of the Flats, 1953, showing Robert, Wabasha, and railroad bridges and American Hoist and Derrick facilities.

Aerial view of the Flats

Aerial view of the Flats, 1953, showing Robert, Wabasha, and railroad bridges and American Hoist and Derrick facilities.

Black and white photograph of Tennessee Street during flood, 1952.

Tennessee Street during flood

Tennessee Street during flood, 1952.

Black and white aerial view of West Side during flood, 1952.

Aerial view of West Side during flood

Aerial view of West Side during flood, 1952.

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