Black and white photograph of the grounds of the Minnesota State Reform School. Taken by T.W. Ingersoll c.1875.

Minnesota State Reform School Grounds

Photograph of the grounds of the Minnesota State Reform School. Taken by T.W. Ingersoll, c.1875.

Black and white photograph of the front exterior of the Minnesota State Reform School. Taken by T.W. Ingersoll c.1875.

Minnesota State Reform School

Photograph of the front exterior of the Minnesota State Reform School. Taken by T.W. Ingersoll, c.1875.

State Reform School, St. Paul

Minnesota's first experiment in juvenile justice, the State Reform School, operated in St. Paul from 1868 to 1891. During that time, over 1250 inmates, almost all of them boys, were committed to the institution, mostly for petty crimes and "incorrigibility." The school moved to a new facility in Red Wing in 1891.

Color photograph of the main administration building, 2008.

Main Building of the State Public School

The main administration building, 2008. Photograph by Daniel J. Hoisington.

Black and white photograph of boys for the State Public School on a camp out, c.1940.

Boys from Owatonna State School on a campout

Boys for the State Public School on a camp out, c.1940.

Black and white photograph of playground of the State School, c.1915.

Playgrounds at the Owatonna State School

Playground of the State School, c.1915.

Black and white photograph of gym class at the State School, 1912.

Gym class, Owatonna State School

Gym class at the State School, 1912.

Black and white photograph of boys at work on the farm of the State School, c.1910.

Boys at work on the farm at the Owatonna State School

Boys at work on the farm of the State School, c.1910.

Black and white photograph of Girl's Cottage at the State School, c.1905.

Girl's Cottage at the Owatonna State School

Girl's Cottage at the State School, c.1905.

Black and white photograph of farm buildings at the State School, 1905.

Farm buildings at Owatonna State School

Farm buildings at the State School, 1905.

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