Color image of the Westbrook Depot, home of the Westbrook Heritage House Museum, 2017. Photograph by Dave Van Loh.

Westbrook Depot (Westbrook Heritage House Museum)

Westbrook Depot, home of the Westbrook Heritage House Museum, 2017. Photograph by Dave Van Loh.

Currie Line Railroad

Railroads played an important role in the development of Cottonwood County. The 38.6-mile railway called the Currie Line hastened the growth of agriculture and establishment of towns in the northern part of the county in only a decade.

Black and white photograph of the steamboat Grand Forks taken in Grand Forks, North Dakota, April 16, 1909.

The steamboat Grand Forks at Grand Forks, North Dakota

The steamboat Grand Forks taken in Grand Forks, North Dakota, April 16, 1909.

Colorized postcard photograph of a steamboat on the Red River near Moorhead, MN, in 1879.

Steamboat on the Red River, Moorhead

Colorized postcard photograph of a steamboat on the Red River near Moorhead, MN, in 1879.

Black and white photograph of the International tied up at Moorhead,early 1870s.

The International tied up at Moorhead

The International tied up at Moorhead,early 1870s. Image reproduced from Roy Johnson’s Red River Valley, Dr. Clarence Glasrud, ed.; Red River Valley Historical Society, Moorhead, 1982.

Black and white photograph of the steamer International at Fort Garry, looking northward from the Assiniboine River, 1870.

Fort Garry and the steamer International

The steamer International at Fort Garry, looking northward from the Assiniboine River, 1870. Photograph by Alex J. Russell’s Red River Country, etc., 1870. Steamboat 'International' in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Reproduced in Russell Blakely, “Opening of the Red River of the North to Commerce and Civilization,” Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society VIII (1898), 45–66.

Black and white photograph of the steamboat Selkirk, then owned by the Hills-Griggs Company, on the Red River, 1871.

The steamboat Selkirk

The steamboat Selkirk, then owned by the Hills-Griggs Company, on the Red River, 1871.

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.

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