The Stone Arch Bridge is an iconic part of the Minneapolis landscape. But it hasn't always been just for looks and bicyclists and pedestrians. MN90 Producer Andi McDaniel discovers the hard-working past of this famous Minneapolis landmark. Includes an interview with David Stevens of Mill City Museum.
Launched in 1890, Hesper was a bulk freighter with a forward pilot-house, designed to haul loads like grain and iron ore across the Great Lakes. With masts and a steam engine, Hesper was a hybrid that reflected the transition from wind-powered vessels to mechanically propelled ships.
The US Congress ordered the beginning of mail service from Superior to Grand Portage, Minnesota, in 1855, but service was spotty. John Beargrease and his brothers came to the rescue. They began covering a regular mail route between Two Harbors and Grand Marais in 1879.