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Nervous and Private Diseases: 1908

Nervous and Private Diseases: 1908

Minneapolis, Minnesota, circa 1908. "Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railway station." Really just a glorified waiting room for the practice of Dr. Nelson. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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When did the tower get lopped?

Any idea, anyone, when the decorative upper part of the tower was removed? I grew up in Minneapolis (born 1955) and can only remember the tower as it is today.

[1941, according to Wikipedia. -tterrace]

Dr Nelson Co.

Today he would be Dr Nelson PC. Just another practitioner.

I'll bet I've been there

Sometime during the mid-to-late 60s on trips to visit the relatives in Aberdeen, S. Dakota.

The depot. Not Dr. Nelson's. I was not a nervous child.

Working One's Way Up in the World.

Start on the ground level, depressed and nervous, burdened with a private disease. Have several Golden Grain beers and start to feel better. Go to level two feeling happier and take Dr. Nelson's cure for your private disease. (Penicillin wasn't invented yet). By the time you get to level three, all your troubles have disappeared and you can smile brightly for the photographer. Makes sense to me.

Don Knotts

Really should have had Dr. Nelson's telephone number.

Leaning His Beat

That railway station must have been a shaky structure. Good thing that cop is there to prop it up.

Main P.O.

The grey building shown on the postcard as a post office has been a government office building for many years; the "main" post office is on the river two blocks to the north.

People in strange places

It’s amazing how often old photographs will show people in unlikely places. Check out the train shed roof.

The Depot

Still standing and used as an ice rink. However, all nervous and private diseases have been cured and Dr. Nelson is no longer there.

Station's still there. Dr. Nelson's gone.

The trains stopped running in 1971, and the depot fell into disrepair. Numerous development plans came and went until 1998, when one finally went through. It's now a complex that includes hotels, an indoor water park, an interpretive history center about the Depot, a bar, a restaurant, banquet space, underground parking and an enclosed ice rink in the old train shed. The top of the tower is lopped off now.

As for Dr. Nelson, that building gave way to the US Post Office in 1915.


Who needs Dr. Nelson? I think I see the solution to nervous & private diseases right on the sign underneath! As Homer said, it's the cause of, and the solution to, all of life's problems!

Now an ice rink.

This building is still there but has been converted to an ice rink by the city.

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