Photograph of an office of the Northwestern Express Company, the reorganized Minnesota Stage Company, in Deadwood, South Dakota, c.1880.

Northwestern Express Company

Photograph of an office of the Northwestern Express Company, the reorganized Minnesota Stage Company, in Deadwood, South Dakota, c.1880.

Portrait of James C. Burbank, a founding member of the Minnesota Stage Company, c.1872.

James C. Burbank

Portrait of James C. Burbank, a founding member of the Minnesota Stage Company, c.1872.

1865 table of Minnesota Stage Company destinations and travel distances.

Minnesota Stage Company document

1865 table of Minnesota Stage Company destinations and travel distances.

Photograph of a stagecoach bound from Alexandria to Melrose, 1876.

Minnesota stagecoach

Photograph of a stagecoach traveling from Alexandria to Melrose, 1876.

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. Photograph by Wikimedia Commons user FlugKerl2.

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. Photograph taken by Wikimedia Commons user TSRL.

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. Photograph taken by Wikimedia Commons user Arpingstone.

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.

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