Swede Hollow

Nestled into a small valley between the mansions of Dayton's Bluff and St. Paul proper, Swede Hollow was a bustling community tucked away from the prying eyes of the city above. It lacked more than it offered; houses had no plumbing, electricity, or yards, and there were no roads or businesses. In spite of this, it provided a home to the poorest immigrants in St. Paul for nearly a century.

Exterior view of Wilkommen Heritage and Preservation Society of Norwood Young America

Wilkommen Heritage and Preservation Society of Norwood Young America.

Exterior view of Wilkommen Heritage and Preservation Society of Norwood Young America, 2013. Photograph by LaVonne Kroells.

Black and white photo print of a drawing of the first Minnesota state capitol, c.1853–1873.

First State Capitol of Minnesota

Black and white photo print of a drawing of the first Minnesota state capitol, c.1853–1873.

Black and white photo print of Minneapolis, c.1857.

Minneapolis from 2nd Avenue South toward Suspension Bridge

Black and white photo print of Minneapolis, c.1857.

The Financial Panic of 1857

Minnesota Territory experienced a boom period starting in 1855. Industry flourished region-wide and companies amassed incredible wealth. The Financial Panic of 1857 brought the good times to a halt and interrupted the growth of the fledgling state.

Black and white photograph of the K. J. Taralseth Company Building, 1915. Originally published in Warren Sheaf, September 1, 1915.

K. J. Taralseth Co. Warren's Greatest Department Store

The K. J. Taralseth Company Building, 1915. Originally published in Warren Sheaf, September 1, 1915.

Color image of the K. J. Taralseth Company Building, Marshall County, c.2002.

K. J. Taralseth Company, Marshall County

K. J. Taralseth Company Building, Marshall County, c.2002.

K. J. Taralseth Company

The K.J. Taralseth Company building is a physical reminder of the early commercial development of Warren. After moving from a brick store that was destroyed by fire in 1910, Ralph Taralseth built a new store that reflected the company's success. The new building carried a mixed product line for which the company became known. It also provided space for the professional services and fraternal organizations forming in and around Warren.

St. Paul, Minnesota

Graphite drawing of St. Paul by Seth Eastman, 1848.

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