Horsecars of the St. Paul and Minneapolis Street Railway Companies

With the rapid growth of the cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis in the mid-nineteenth century, the need for a reliable form of public transportation became apparent. Horse-drawn streetcars provided the answer and sparked the growth of what would become one of the most extensive streetcar systems in the country.

Color image of Minnesota "Support Our Troops" license plate featuring Harriet, a bald eagle ambassador from the National Eagle Center.

Harriet the bald eagle ambassador

Minnesota "Support Our Troops" license plate featuring Harriet, a bald eagle ambassador from the National Eagle Center.

Black and white photograph of Rachael Hill in a horse-drawn buggy at the James J. Hill House, 240 Summit, St. Paul, 1898.

Rachael Hill in a horse-drawn buggy

Rachael Hill in a horse-drawn buggy at the James J. Hill House, 240 Summit, St. Paul, 1898.

Black and white photograph of the H.M.T. Strathaird, c.1942.

H.M.T. Strathaird

H.M.T. Strathaird, c.1942. The Strathaird transported the initial elements of the Thirty-fourth Division to Northern Ireland in January 1942. The Thirty-fourth was the first US army division to be sent to the European Theater. Photograph by Oliver Stivers of the 151st Field Artillery.

Black and white photograph of the Twin City Television Lab’s mobile unit, c.1948.

Twin City Television Lab mobile unit

Twin City Television Lab’s mobile unit, c.1948.

Black and white photograph of a Twin City Television Lab mobile unit in front of the Lyceum Theater and the Lab’s main entrance, c.1948.

Twin City Television at the Lyceum Theater

Twin City Television Lab mobile unit in front of the Lyceum Theater and the Lab’s main entrance, c.1948.

Black and white photograph of Minnesota State Fair-goers at KSTP television cameras of the telemobile, 1947.

KSTP telemobile

Minnesota State Fair-goers at KSTP television cameras of the telemobile, 1947.

Black and white photograph of Thomas McMahon (far left), a farmer in Tara Township, loading hay onto a Great Northern Railway freight car, c.1910.

Thomas McMahon (far left), a farmer in Tara Township, loading hay onto a Great Northern Railway freight car

Thomas McMahon (far left), a farmer in Tara Township, loading hay onto a Great Northern Railway freight car, c.1910.

Black and white postcard showing the Great Northern Railway Depot and a grain elevator behind the depot in Clontarf, c.1880s.

Great Northern Railway Depot in Clontarf

Postcard showing the Great Northern Railway Depot and a grain elevator behind the depot in Clontarf, c.1880s.

Black and white photograph of a L. S. Donaldson Company delivery truck, c.1930.

L. S. Donaldson Company Delivery Truck

L. S. Donaldson Company delivery truck, c.1930.

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