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Union Depot: 1905

Union Depot: 1905

The Mississippi River circa 1905. "Union Depot and steamboat landing at foot of Jackson Street, St. Paul, Minnesota." Starring the sidewheeler Hiawatha. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.


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Why the absence of hog chains on the two most prominent steamers? Are they deeper draft than on the southern reaches of the Mississippi?

Beer Reefer

Or more accurately, "insulated boxcar" with the Schlitz logo parked (not surprisingly) in front of the Schlitz beer distributor.

"Real" reefers have hatches on the roof for ice. Insulated boxcars have the same doors and interior insulation as reefers, but don't need the ice. They keep the beer cool, but not cold (except in the winter, when they keep the beer from freezing).

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