Drawing of the Anson Northup from Harpers New Monthly, August 1860.

The steamboat Anson Northup

Drawing of the Anson Northup from Harpers New Monthly, August 1860.

Red River Steamboats

Beginning in 1859, steamboats on the Red River linked St. Paul, Minnesota, and Winnipeg, Manitoba (Fort Garry), for over fifty years. The boats are credited with helping Winnipeg grow quickly in the 1870s. Eventually, railways and motor vehicles replaced Red River steamboats, but the network that the steamboats strengthened still exists in the twenty-first century.

Black and white photograph of the Greyhound Bus Depot, located at First Avenue North and Seventh Street, Minneapolis, ca. 1935. Photograph by Charles W. Howson Company.

Greyhound Bus Depot

Greyhound Bus Depot, located at First Avenue North and Seventh Street, Minneapolis, ca. 1935. Photograph by Charles W. Howson Company.

Color image of the crew of the Hjemkomst. Photograph by Rose Asp, 1982. From the Rose Asp Collection, Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County.

The crew of the Hjemkomst

The crew of the Hjemkomst, 1982. Photograph by Rose Asp. From the Rose Asp Collection, Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County

Color image of Robert Asp working on board the Hjemkomst. Photograph by Rose Asp, ca. 1980. From the Rose Asp Collection, Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County.

Robert Asp

Robert Asp working on board the Hjemkomst, ca. 198. Photograph by Rose Asp. From the Rose Asp Collection, Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County.

Color image of the Hjemkomst in New York Harbor. Photograph by Rose Asp, 1982. From the Rose Asp Collection, Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County.

The Hjemkomst in New York Harbor

The Hjemkomst in New York Harbor, 1982. Photograph by Rose Asp. From the Rose Asp Collection, Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County.

Color image of the Hjemkomst and crew on open water during their voyage to Norway, 1982. From the Tom Asp Collection, Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County.

The Hjemkomst at sea

The Hjemkomst and crew on open water during their voyage to Norway, 1982. From the Tom Asp Collection, Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County.

Hjemkomst (ship)

While recovering from a fall in 1971, Moorhead Junior High School guidance counselor Robert Asp read a book on Viking shipbuilding. This sparked the thought that he should build and sail his own Viking ship. After ten years of planning, building, and training, the ship named Hjemkomst sailed from Duluth, Minnesota, to Oslo, Norway.

Red River Carts

Red River carts were used by the Métis for bison hunts and for trade between the Red River Colony (present-day Winnipeg) and St. Paul in the early 1800s. By the mid-1800s, nearly continuous use of the carts had worn trails into the prairie grasses. These trails connected the hunting-farming culture of the Métis on the Red River with the growing industrial culture of St. Paul on the Mississippi River.

Black and white photograph of dog team drivers, Tarbell and Campbell, from Pembina, 1856.

Dog team drivers

Dog team drivers (Tarbell and Campbell) from Pembina, 1856.

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