Black and white photograph of the Main Street, in Motley, c.1915.

Main Street, Motley

Main Street, Motley, c.1915. The Motley Mercury reported of the earthquake that, “Bottles and glass jars were shaken so hard that they moved nearly to the edge of the shelves.”

Staples Earthquake, 1917

The earthquake that rattled a large portion of central and northern Minnesota on September 3, 1917, while small by historical standards, fascinated many Minnesotans. In the days after the quake, exaggerated accounts and faulty expert analysis reflected the state’s inexperience with geological convulsions.

Color image of an aerial view of the Great Northern Depot and the surrounding area, looking north, 1978.

Aerial view of the Great Northern Depot and the surrounding area, Minneapolis

Aerial view of the Great Northern Depot and the surrounding area, looking north, 1978. Photograph by Charles Chamblis.

Color postcard showing an aerial view of Granite Falls, c.1965.

Color postcard of Granite Falls

Color postcard showing an aerial view of Granite Falls, c.1965. Granite Falls was the site of a National Farmers Organization-organized “winter buying” day attended by over two thousand people in 1964.

Black and white photograph of the St. Paul Athletic Club and surrounding buildings. View of the intersection of Fourth Street East and Cedar Avenue, St. Paul. The St. Paul Athletic Club is at center left.

The St. Paul Athletic Club and surrounding buildings

The St. Paul Athletic Club and surrounding buildings. View of the intersection of Fourth Street East and Cedar Avenue, St. Paul. The St. Paul Athletic Club is at center left.

Black and white photograph of Bridge Square, Northfield, 1876.

Bridge Square, Northfield

Bridge Square, Northfield, 1876.

Black and white photograph of Division Street, Northfield 1870. The First National Bank is the first door to the left of the staircase. Photographed by Sumner’s Gallery.

Division Street, Northfield

Division Street, Northfield 1870. The First National Bank is the first door to the left of the staircase. Photographed by Sumner’s Gallery.

Black and white photograph of Downtown Northfield during Jesse James Days, 1948. Photographed by Bill Seaman.

Downtown Northfield during Jesse James Days

Downtown Northfield during Jesse James Days, 1948. Photographed by Bill Seaman.

Black and white photograph of trolley track removal, Fourth and Wabasha, St. Paul, April 12, 1955.

Trolley track removal

Trolley track removal, Fourth and Wabasha, St. Paul, April 12, 1955.

Black and white photograph of the last day of streetcar service in Minneapolis, June 18, 1954.

Last day of streetcar service in Minneapolis

Last day of streetcar service in Minneapolis, June 18, 1954.

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