Minnesota Stage Company

When James C. Burbank began his transportation business in 1851, it was a one-man operation. By 1859, Burbank's Minnesota Stage Company controlled all the major stagecoach lines in the state. In the years before railroads linked Minnesota, the Minnesota Stage Company played a crucial role in shaping the commercial and social life of the young state.

Photograph of the Pietenpol Field Hangar, moved to EAA Airventure Museum Pioneer Field in 1984.

Pietenpol Field Hangar

Pietenpol Field Hangar, moved to EAA Airventure Museum Pioneer Field in 1984.

Color photograph of Pietenpol Air Camper G-OHAL, Continental C90-14F powered, built 2008, flying at Old Warden on September 7, 2008.

Pietenpol Air Camper

Pietenpol Air Camper G-OHAL, Continental C90-14F powered, built 2008, flying at Old Warden on September 7, 2008.

Color photograph of home-built Pietenpol Air Camper (UK registration G-BUCO) at Kemble Airfield, Gloucestershire, England.

Pietenpol Air Camper

Home-built Pietenpol Air Camper (UK registration G-BUCO) at Kemble Airfield, Gloucestershire, England.

Pietenpol Airplanes

When Bernard Pietenpol started to build airplanes in his Cherry Grove workshop, he'd never actually piloted one. He only learned to fly once he had built his first plane. Nevertheless, Pietenpol's popular designs for lightweight, easy-to-construct airplanes made him the "father of the homebuilt aircraft movement."

Photograph of a car straddling a railroad track. The car was used to transport Reverend John Sornberger to lumber camps c.1930.

Reverend John Sornberger's car

Photograph of a car straddling a railroad track. The car was used to transport Reverend John Sornberger to lumber camps c.1930.

Photograph of Carlson's limestone kiln

Carlson kiln

A Milwaukee Road train pulls up to G.A. Carlson's limestone kiln, still in existence today, on the Mississippi River side of Barn Bluff, c. 1895. Red Wing became known as Minnesota's "Lime Center" in the 1870s as local quarrying firms and their kilns reduced limestone to lime.

print brochure advertising the schedule of the Pelican Valley Navigation Company

Pelican Valley Navigation Company Schedule

Pelican Valley Navigation Company brochure, showing the schedules for boats and connecting trains, July 15, 1909.

Print brochure advertising the Pelican Valley Navigation Company

Pelican Valley Navigation Company Schedule

Cover of the Pelican Valley Navigation Company brochure, July 15, 1909.

map indicating lakes of the Pelican River and transit routes

Pelican River Map

Map of the Pelican River chain of lakes and the route of the Pelican Valley Navigation Company. Creator:Patricia Isaacs.

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