Boy and his bicycle

Boy and his bicycle

Boy and his bicycle, c.1890. Photographer: Frank Jay Haynes.

Warwick "Perfection" safety bicycle

Warwick "Perfection" safety bicycle

Warwick "Perfection" safety bicycle, patented in 1888.

Bicycle hat

Bicycle hat

Bicycle hat with straw inner rim, c.1880-c.1899.

Man with bicycle

Man with bicycle

Man with bicycle, c.1895. Photographer: Guy M. Baltuff.

Bicycling Craze in Minnesota, 1890s

In the 1890s, after bicycles became more comfortable and affordable, bicycling swept the nation, Minnesota included. Minnesotans who embraced bicycling at this time helped lay the groundwork for a number of lasting changes in American society, from shorter skirts to better roads.

Sauna stove

Sauna stove

Sauna stove, 1974. Photograph by Matti E. Kaups.

Sauna made of logs, Pelican Lake

Sauna made of logs, Pelican Lake

Abandoned log savusauna similar to the one in Cokato, Pelican Lake, 1964.

Chimneyless Savu Sauna near Markham, St. Louis County

Chimneyless Savu Sauna near Markham, St. Louis County

Chimneyless savusauna on an old homestead site near Markham, St. Louis County, c.1950. Photograph by Virginia Mesabi Daily News.

Interior of Finnish Bath House, New York Mills, Minn.

Interior of Finnish Bath House, New York Mills, Minn.

Engraving of the interior of the Finnish Bath House in New York Mills, Minnesota, 1889.

Barberg-Selvälä-Salmonson Sauna, Cokato

Often, the first structure built by Finnish immigrants to Minnesota was a sauna. That was the case with the Barberg-Selvälä-Salmonson sauna in Cokato—the oldest savusauna, or smoke sauna, still existing in Minnesota and likely in the United States.

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