Black-and-white image from Michael Nowack's album of Lake Minnetonka photographs, 1881.

View of Lake Minnetonka from the Hotel Saint Louis

Black-and-white image from Michael Nowack's album of Lake Minnetonka photographs, 1881.

Photograph of a gathering of people on the banks of the upper Mississippi River for a prayer meeting conducted by Reverend John Sornberger c.1910.

John Sornberger and assembly

Photograph of a gathering of people on the banks of the upper Mississippi River for a prayer meeting conducted by Reverend John Sornberger, c.1910.

Photograph of men waving to Frank Higgins, the lumberjack sky pilot, outside a lumber camp c.1910.

Frank Higgins

Photograph of men waving to Frank Higgins, the lumberjack sky pilot, outside a lumber camp, c.1910.

Photograph of Frank Higgins and a dog with a sled outside a lumber camp c.1900.

Frank Higgins

Photograph of Frank Higgins and a dog with a sled outside a lumber camp, c.1900.

Photograph of Cook’s Bay in Mound c.1950. This is where the Andrews Sisters spent childhood summers. A portion of Maxene Andrews’s ashes were scattered here.

Cook's Bay, Mound

Photograph of Cook’s Bay in Mound, c.1950. This is where the Andrews Sisters spent childhood summers. A portion of Maxene Andrews’s ashes were scattered here.

Painting of Father Louis Hennepin at the Falls of St. Anthony, 1680

Hennepin at the Falls of St. Anthony, 1680

Painting of Father Louis Hennepin at the Falls of St. Anthony in 1680. Painted c. 1903 by J. N. Marchand.

Photograph of flour mills and grain elevators overlooking Red Wing’s crowded riverfront, c. 1900.

Red Wing riverfront scene

Flour mills and grain elevators overlook Red Wing’s crowded riverfront, c.1900.

Late 1860s photograph showing barges along Red Wing's Mississippi River waterfront awaiting wheat for shipment to customers downriver.

Red Wing

This late 1860s photograph shows barges along Red Wing's Mississippi River waterfront awaiting wheat for shipment to customers downriver.

photograph of people on the newly constructed stairway

Barn Bluff stairway

The newly completed Barn Bluff stairway, shown about 1929, provided hikers a safer trail to the summit. Construction for a 1960 highway bridge caused the destruction of this route but many of its stairs were saved. They became a part of a 1983 staircase to the bluff-top.

photograph depicting a group constructing a path up Barn Bluff

Webster's Way

Red Wing citizens construct Webster's Way, an improved path to Barn Bluff's summit, in spring 1899. A stairway that followed this path would be added in 1929.

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