Samuel C. and Annie Pandolfo, in Pan Car, visiting St. Cloud, March 1956

Samuel C. and Annie Pandolfo, in Pan Car, visiting St. Cloud, March 1956

Outdoor shot of a visiting Mr. (sitting behind the steering wheel) and Mrs. (standing next to him) Pandolfo, with 1919 Pan Car, in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

MN90: The Overachieving Bridge

The Stone Arch Bridge is an iconic part of the Minneapolis landscape. But it hasn't always been just for looks and bicyclists and pedestrians. MN90 Producer Andi McDaniel discovers the hard-working past of this famous Minneapolis landmark. Includes an interview with David Stevens of Mill City Museum.

MN90: The Bridges of Hennepin County

There are more bridges across the Mississippi in the City of Minneapolis than anywhere else along the river. MN90 Producer Andi McDaniel speaks with David Stevens of Mill City Museum to find out why.

Hesper

Launched in 1890, Hesper was a bulk freighter with a forward pilot-house, designed to haul loads like grain and iron ore across the Great Lakes. With masts and a steam engine, Hesper was a hybrid that reflected the transition from wind-powered vessels to mechanically propelled ships.

Beargrease, John (1858–1910)

The US Congress ordered the beginning of mail service from Superior to Grand Portage, Minnesota, in 1855, but service was spotty. John Beargrease and his brothers came to the rescue. They began covering a regular mail route between Two Harbors and Grand Marais in 1879.

Bicycling Craze in Minnesota, 1890s

In the 1890s, after bicycles became more comfortable and affordable, bicycling swept the nation, Minnesota included. Minnesotans who embraced bicycling at this time helped lay the groundwork for a number of lasting changes in American society, from shorter skirts to better roads.

Stone Arch Bridge, St. Anthony Falls and milling district, Minneapolis

Stone Arch Bridge, St. Anthony Falls and milling district, Minneapolis

Postcard showing Stone Arch Bridge, St. Anthony Falls, and the milling district, c.1900.

Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad (Soo Line)

The Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad, commonly known as the Soo Line from a phonetic spelling of Sault, helped Minnesota farmers and millers prosper by hauling grain directly from Minneapolis to eastern markets.

Lowry, Thomas (1843–1909)

Thomas Lowry was one of the most influential and admired men in Minneapolis at the time of his death in 1909. Streetcars, railroads, libraries, and many other endeavors benefited from his involvement.

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