Sea Wing Disaster

The July 13, 1890, capsizing of the steamer Sea Wing on Lake Pepin and the deaths of ninety-eight of its passengers horrified Minnesota and the nation. The accident ranks among the most deadly on America’s inland waterways.

Black and white Photo print of the steamboats Itasca and War Eagle at the St. Paul levee, 1859.

Steamboats Itasca and War Eagle at St. Paul levee

Photo print of the steamboats Itasca and War Eagle at the St. Paul levee, 1859.

Black and white photograph of the ground level view of the Hennepin Bridge, c.1868.

First Suspension Bridge, Minneapolis

Ground level view of the Hennepin Bridge, c.1868.

Black and white photo negative of the Hennepin Avenue Bridge, c.1868.

Hennepin Avenue Bridge span

Black and white photo negative of the Hennepin Avenue Bridge, c.1868.

Black and white photograph of the Hennepin Suspension Bridge, c.1865.

Suspension Bridge, Minneapolis

The Hennepin Suspension Bridge, c.1865.

Suspension Bridge, Minneapolis

Two single horse carriages in front of the Hennepin Bridge, c.1865.

Black and white photograph of the Hennepin Avenue Bridge looking toward Nicollet Island, c.1865.

View of the Hennepin Avenue Bridge looking toward Nicollet Island

Black and white photograph of the Hennepin Avenue Bridge looking toward Nicollet Island, c.1865.

Black and white, daguerreotype-style photograph of the Hennepin Avenue Bridge, c.1857.

Hennepin Avenue Bridge

Black and white, daguerreotype-style photograph of the Hennepin Avenue Bridge, c.1857.

Black and white photograph of the Hennepin Bridge from Nicollet Island, c.1868.

First Suspension Bridge in Minneapolis

View of the Hennepin Bridge from Nicollet Island, c.1868.

Father Louis Hennepin Suspension Bridge

The Father Louis Hennepin Bridge was built in 1855 to take advantage of the transport possibilities provided by the Mississippi River above St. Anthony Falls. It was the first bridge built to span the Mississippi river, and made crossing its length above the Falls much easier. The rushing rapids helped to create industry on the river and spurred a population boom that made Minneapolis the most populated city in Minnesota.

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