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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • LAKE GARDA, ITALY

Flour Power: 1908

Flour Power: 1908

Minneapolis circa 1908. "St. Anthony's Falls and the milling district." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

What's with all the weathervanes?

Seems to be quite a few.

Crossing the river.

The span in the foreground was the 10th Avenue bridge, connecting 10th Avenue South on the Minneapolis side with 6th Avenue Southeast on the Saint Anthony side. At center is Spirit Island, or Wanagi Wita in the Mdewakanton Dakota language. It was removed to make way for the upper St. Anthony lock and dam in the 1950s.

Way Before Covered Hoppers

Grain moved by boxcar. You can see the boards (or maybe heavy cardboard) placed across the open doors of some of them in order to hold it.

Memories

In the early 70's the stone arch bridge still had tracks across which I took many freight trains as a conductor for the BN Railroad.

And on the horizon

The biggest of them all was just about to come. In 1908, the Northwestern Consolidated Milling Company's Elevator A - the world's largest brick grain elevator - would open, just behind the mansard-roofed Crown Roller Mill (on the right end of the row of mills). It would become known as the Ceresota building, based on the mural-like billboard on the south side of the building. Those mills - along with the Standard Mill and the boiler house - were restored for office and hotel uses in the mid-1980s with an influx of cash from Silicon Valley investor Tom Whitney.

+100

Below is the same view from September of 2008 (from the roof of the University of Minnesota Southeast Steam Plant).

Stone Arch Bridge

Oh I love this. I run over that bridge on the right every day.

 
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