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.

Black and white photograph of the last streetcar to run on France between Forty-Forth Street and Fifty-Forth Street passes the work crew that is about to tear up the track, August 10, 1952.

Last streetcar to run on France between Forty-Forth Street and Fifty-Forth Street

Looking north on France Avenue at Forty-Sixth Street as the last streetcar to run on France between Forty-Forth Street and Fifty-Forth Street passes the work crew that is about to tear up the track, August 10, 1952.

Black and white photograph of Minneapolis farewell to streetcars. TCRT Chairman, Fred A. Ossanna, smashes the window of an electric streetcar following the implementation of motor buses in Minneapolis, 1954.

Minneapolis farewell to streetcars

Minneapolis farewell to streetcars. TCRT Chairman, Fred A. Ossanna, smashes the window of an electric streetcar following the implementation of motor buses in Minneapolis, 1954.

Twin City Rapid Transit Company and Electric Streetcars

Horse car and cable car systems in the Twin Cities spurred urban growth and gave residents more mobility. The coming of the electric streetcar in 1889 had an even greater impact. With cars that could travel faster and farther, the system grew to become one of the nation's finest public transportation networks before the dominance of automobiles and buses in the 1950s.

Horsecars of the St. Paul and Minneapolis Street Railway Companies

With the rapid growth of the cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis in the mid-nineteenth century, the need for a reliable form of public transportation became apparent. Horse-drawn streetcars provided the answer and sparked the growth of what would become one of the most extensive streetcar systems in the country.

National Eagle Center, Wabasha

The National Eagle Center is an educational, interpretive center located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Wabasha. Committed to fostering environmental stewardship and community sustainability through education about eagles and the Mississippi River watershed, the National Eagle Center exhibits non-releasable bald and golden eagles and offers opportunities to view wild eagles throughout the year.

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