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Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, USA

"The city of Minneapolis, with its wide streets and avenues, magnificent business structures, beautiful private residences and numerous mills, is situated on both sides of the Mississippi River, at the Falls of St. Anthony. It is the new city of the Upper Mississippi Valley, and its population and manufacturing interests have increased with surprising and almost unprecedented rapidity. The earliest settlement was on the east side of the river and known as St. Anthony. Franklin Steele, Esq., a gentleman of intelligence and foresight, being at Fort Snelling (a few miles below Minneapolis) as early as 1838, had faith that the footprints of civilization would be deeply impressed on this locality, and in the fall of 1847 the St. Anthony Mill Company, of which he was a member, commenced the improvement of water power, and in August 1848, the first saw began to cut the logs which had been floated down the river from the extensive pine forests, to the north and west of the city. The first store opened in this locality was at St. Anthony in 1847, by R. P. Russell, Esq. After the Territory of Minnesota was organized, in 1849, immigrants began to pour into the new Territory and many settled around the Falls. In June, 1850, there were about 700 inhabitants. Foreseeing that the pressure of civilization would soon compel the Indians, still in this neighborhood, to cede the lands remaining in their possession on the west side of the river, Col. John H. Stevens built a house on that side in the winter of 1849, and in a few months thereafter others crossed over..."


Minneapolis City Directory for 1873, C. Wright Davison, 1873
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  • News 1855 - January 23 - The first bridge over the Mississippi River opens in what is now Minneapolis, Minnesota,

    www.wikipedia.org
    January 23, 1855

  • News 1866 - Large Fire in Minneapolis.
    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Friday, March 17.

    A fire here last night destroyed twenty buildings from First to Davis street. Loss $100,000.
    The New York Times
    New York, New York
    March 18, 1866

  • News 1867 - Fire at Minneapolis, Minn.
    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Saturday, June 29.
    A fire this morning burned the St. Paul House, WARNER'S furniture and coffin warehouse, LUCAS BROTHERS'...Read MORE...


  • 1870 - Minneapolis and Saint Paul became major cities partly thanks to French immigrant engineer Edmund La Croix, a resident of the area who perfected a device to purify white flour in the early 1870s.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ minnesota.html

  • Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
    Minneapolis, St. Anthony, and St. Anthony's Falls
    Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
    New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
    1880s
    Pillsbury Flour
    Minneapolis
  • News 1882 - FIRE IN MINNEAPOLIS. BURNING OF THE BARTON BLOCK - LOSS NEARLY $100,000.
    ST. PAUL, Dec. 18. - The Barton Block, in Washington avenue, Minneapolis, was burned this morning, making the third disastrous fire there within a...Read MORE...


  • 1883 - September 29 – A consortium of flour mill operators in Minneapolis, Minnesota forms the Minneapolis, Sault Ste. Marie and Atlantic Railway as a means to get their product to the Great Lakes ports but avoid the high tariffs of Chicago.

    www.wikipedia.org
    September 29, 1883

  • News 1884 - ACADEMY OF MUSIC DESTROYED.
    Minneapolis, Minn., Dec. 26. - The old Academy of Music building in Minneapolis was destroyed by fire Christmas afternoon. The building contained the ...Read MORE...


  • 1889 - First library to have a Children's department was the Minneapolis Public Library.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ minnesota.html

  • 1893 - August 13 - A fire in Minneapolis cause $2,000,000 damage; 1,500 persons made homeless.

    The World Almanac and Book of Facts, Volume 1894 Press Publishing Company. 1894

  • News 1897 - A $200,000 Fire In Minneapolis.
    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Jan. 10. - Fire this morning destroyed the packing house of the Anchor Flour Mill, owned by the Pillsbury-Washburn Milling...Read MORE...


  • Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
    The Munsing
    Plated Underwear
    The Northwest Knitting Co., Minneapolis

    The Ladies' Home Journal
    September 1898
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
    Pillsbury's Vitos The Ideal Wheat Food for Breakfast
    Pillsbury-Washburn Flour Mills Co., Ltd., Minneapolis, Minn.

    The Ladies' Home Journal
    October 1898
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
    Club Row
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
    Maculate Conception Church
  • News 1902 - BIG FIRE IN MINNEAPOLIS.
    MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 30. - Fire to-night destroyed the six-story building occupied by the Minneapolis Paper Company and owned by J. C. Oswald & Co. The...Read MORE...


  • 1906
    Minneapolis, the first city of Minnesota in popula tion and importance and the capital of Hennepin oo., is situated on both banks of the Mississippi...Read MORE...


  • Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
    West High School
  • News 1911 - EXPLOSION TIES UP AND DARKENS A CITY. Power House of Electric Co. In Minneapolis Destroyed by Short Circuit of 13,000 Volts. ELEVEN MEN NEAR DEATH.
    Blinding Flashes and Deafening Crashes Continuous - Streets Unlighted - Newspapers Use Hand Presses.

    MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 6. - An explosion and fire...Read MORE...


  • News 1912 - Three Dead in Storm
    Minneapolis, Minn., July 13. - Three persons are dead and thirteen injured and a property loss of $100,000 was caused by one of the most severe...Read MORE...


  • 1912 - The nation's first Better Business Bureau was founded in Minneapolis.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ minnesota.html

  • News 1913 - BLAZE COSTS TWO LIVES. FIRE DESTROYS NORTH SIDE HIGH SCHOOL AT MINNEAPOLIS.
    Minneapolis, June 19. - Captain JOHN GRAY died in a few hours from his injuries, Ladderman FRANK KANESKY was almost instantly killed and eight others ...Read MORE...


  • News 1917 - TWELVE MISSING IN FIRE. SCORE MAY HAVE DIED IN MINNEAPOLIS BLAZE. ONE WOMAN JUMPS TO DEATH - FIREMEN ARRIVING LATE ARE ATTACKED BY CROWD.
    Minneapolis, Minn., Feb. 12. - Firemen are searching the smoking ruins of the Kenwood Hotel for the bodies of a dozen persons missing since the fire...Read MORE...


  • 1919 - A Minneapolis factory turned out the nations first armored cars.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ minnesota.html

  • 1926 - The first Automatic Pop-up toaster was marketed in June by McGraw Electric Co. in Minneapolis under the name Toastmaster. The retail price was $13.50.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ minnesota.html

  • News 1928 - October 10 - The temperature at Minneapolis, MN, reached 90 degrees, their latest such reading of record.

    The Weather Channel
    October 10, 1928

  • Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

  • News 1956 - JET HITS HOMES; 6 DIE.
    Minneapolis (INS) - Six persons, including four children, were killed Saturday when a Navy jet plane crashed in flames and ploughed through six homes ...Read MORE...


  • News 1967 - MINNEAPOLIS HOTEL BLAZE FATAL TO FOUR.
    Minneapolis, Minn. (AP) - Four persons died Monday night when fire raced through two upper floors of a four-story hotel on the south edge of the...Read MORE...




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Minneapolis, St. Anthony, and St. Anthony's Falls
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
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1880s
Pillsbury Flour
Minneapolis

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
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The Munsing
Plated Underwear
The Northwest Knitting Co., Minneapolis

The Ladies' Home Journal
September 1898

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Pillsbury's Vitos The Ideal Wheat Food for Breakfast
Pillsbury-Washburn Flour Mills Co., Ltd., Minneapolis, Minn.

The Ladies' Home Journal
October 1898

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  • News  1855 - January 23 - The first bridge over the Mississippi River opens in what is now Minneapolis, Minnesota,

    www.wikipedia.org
    January 23, 1855
  • News  1866 - Large Fire in Minneapolis.
    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Friday, March 17.

    A fire here last night destroyed twenty buildings from First to Davis street. Loss $100,000. The New York Times
    New York, New York
    March 18, 1866
  • News  1867 - Fire at Minneapolis, Minn.
    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Saturday, June 29.
    A fire this morning burned the St. Paul House, WARNER'S furniture and coffin warehouse, LUCAS BROTHERS'... Read MORE...

  • 1870 - Minneapolis and Saint Paul became major cities partly thanks to French immigrant engineer Edmund La Croix, a resident of the area who perfected a device to purify white flour in the early 1870s.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ minnesota.html
  • News  1882 - FIRE IN MINNEAPOLIS. BURNING OF THE BARTON BLOCK - LOSS NEARLY $100,000.
    ST. PAUL, Dec. 18. - The Barton Block, in Washington avenue, Minneapolis, was burned this morning, making the third disastrous fire there within a... Read MORE...

  • 1883 - September 29 – A consortium of flour mill operators in Minneapolis, Minnesota forms the Minneapolis, Sault Ste. Marie and Atlantic Railway as a means to get their product to the Great Lakes ports but avoid the high tariffs of Chicago.

    www.wikipedia.org
    September 29, 1883
  • News  1884 - ACADEMY OF MUSIC DESTROYED.
    Minneapolis, Minn., Dec. 26. - The old Academy of Music building in Minneapolis was destroyed by fire Christmas afternoon. The building contained the ... Read MORE...

  • 1889 - First library to have a Children's department was the Minneapolis Public Library.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ minnesota.html
  • 1893 - August 13 - A fire in Minneapolis cause $2,000,000 damage; 1,500 persons made homeless.

    The World Almanac and Book of Facts, Volume 1894 Press Publishing Company. 1894
  • News  1897 - A $200,000 Fire In Minneapolis.
    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Jan. 10. - Fire this morning destroyed the packing house of the Anchor Flour Mill, owned by the Pillsbury-Washburn Milling... Read MORE...

  • News  1902 - BIG FIRE IN MINNEAPOLIS.
    MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 30. - Fire to-night destroyed the six-story building occupied by the Minneapolis Paper Company and owned by J. C. Oswald & Co. The... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Minneapolis, the first city of Minnesota in popula tion and importance and the capital of Hennepin oo., is situated on both banks of the Mississippi... Read MORE...

  • News  1911 - EXPLOSION TIES UP AND DARKENS A CITY. Power House of Electric Co. In Minneapolis Destroyed by Short Circuit of 13,000 Volts. ELEVEN MEN NEAR DEATH.
    Blinding Flashes and Deafening Crashes Continuous - Streets Unlighted - Newspapers Use Hand Presses.

    MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 6. - An explosion and fire... Read MORE...

  • 1912 - The nation's first Better Business Bureau was founded in Minneapolis.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ minnesota.html
  • News  1912 - Three Dead in Storm
    Minneapolis, Minn., July 13. - Three persons are dead and thirteen injured and a property loss of $100,000 was caused by one of the most severe... Read MORE...

  • News  1913 - BLAZE COSTS TWO LIVES. FIRE DESTROYS NORTH SIDE HIGH SCHOOL AT MINNEAPOLIS.
    Minneapolis, June 19. - Captain JOHN GRAY died in a few hours from his injuries, Ladderman FRANK KANESKY was almost instantly killed and eight others ... Read MORE...

  • News  1917 - TWELVE MISSING IN FIRE. SCORE MAY HAVE DIED IN MINNEAPOLIS BLAZE. ONE WOMAN JUMPS TO DEATH - FIREMEN ARRIVING LATE ARE ATTACKED BY CROWD.
    Minneapolis, Minn., Feb. 12. - Firemen are searching the smoking ruins of the Kenwood Hotel for the bodies of a dozen persons missing since the fire... Read MORE...

  • 1919 - A Minneapolis factory turned out the nations first armored cars.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ minnesota.html
  • 1926 - The first Automatic Pop-up toaster was marketed in June by McGraw Electric Co. in Minneapolis under the name Toastmaster. The retail price was $13.50.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ minnesota.html
  • News  1928 - October 10 - The temperature at Minneapolis, MN, reached 90 degrees, their latest such reading of record.

    The Weather Channel
    October 10, 1928
  • News  1956 - JET HITS HOMES; 6 DIE.
    Minneapolis (INS) - Six persons, including four children, were killed Saturday when a Navy jet plane crashed in flames and ploughed through six homes ... Read MORE...

  • News  1967 - MINNEAPOLIS HOTEL BLAZE FATAL TO FOUR.
    Minneapolis, Minn. (AP) - Four persons died Monday night when fire raced through two upper floors of a four-story hotel on the south edge of the... Read MORE...

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