Black and white photograph of Red River Carts loading supplies at a trading house in St. Paul, 1854.

Red River carts loading at trading house, St. Paul

Red River Carts loading supplies at a trading house in St. Paul, 1854.

Color image of British percussion double barrel shotgun used by Rolette, c.1850–1871.

Joseph Rolette's British percussion double barrel shotgun

British percussion double barrel shotgun used by Rolette, c.1850–1871.

Black and white portrait of Joseph Rolette as a young businessman and trader, c.1841.

Joseph Rolette

Joseph Rolette as a young businessman and trader, c.1841.

Black and white portrait of Joseph Rolette in the garb of a fur trader, c.1860.

Joseph Rolette

Joseph Rolette in the garb of a fur trader, c.1860.

Rolette, Joseph (1820–1871)

Joseph Rolette was a fur trader and politician during Minnesota's territorial period. A colorful character in his time, Rolette is remembered for the drastic action he took to assure that St. Paul would become Minnesota's state capital.

Field worker examining Wire Grass, c.1903.

Examining the grass

Field worker examining Wire Grass, c.1903. Originally published in a Crex Company furniture catalog. (New York: Andrew H. Kellog Co., 1903).

Black and white aerial photograph of the Crex Carpet Company, c.1928.

Crex Carpet Company, 509 Front, corner of Mackubin, St. Paul

Aerial photograph of the Crex Carpet Company at 509 Front Avenue in St. Paul. Photographed by F. Paul Wright c.1928.

Color illustration of the Crex Carpet Company office c.1901.

Crex Carpet Company office

Illustration of the Crex Carpet Company office c.1901. Originally reproduced in Herbert Myrick's Creating New Industries (Chicago: Orange Judd, 1901).

Color illustration of a field of wire grass during harvest time c.1901.

Harvest Scene in Color

Illustration of a field of wire grass during harvest time c.1901. Originally reproduced in Herbert Myrick's Creating New Industries (Chicago: Orange Judd, 1901).

Color illustration of three styles of rug manufactured by the Crex Carpet Company.

Crex Carpet Company rugs and hall runners

Illustration of three styles of rug manufactured by the Crex Carpet Company. Originally reproduced in a John H. Pray & Sons Company catalog (#30, page 38).

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