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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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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.

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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.


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.


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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