Black and white photograph of Henry Alexander's Children, c.1915.

Henry Alexander's Children, c.1915

Henry Alexander Children L. to R., Bill, John, Marion, Isabel in Rockville, Minnesota. c.1915.

Black and white photograph of Cold Spring Granite Company Plant, c.1940.

Cold Spring Granite Company Plant, c.1940

Cold Spring Granite Company Plant, Cold Spring, Minnesota, c.1940.

Black and white photograph of Splitting Granite, c.1938.

Splitting Granite, c.1938

Splitting Granite, Cold Spring Granite Company, Cold Spring, Minnesota, c.1938.

Black and white photograph of Hilter's Tombstone, c. 1945

Hilter's Tombstone, c. 1945

Hiltler's Tombstone, Cold Spring Granite Company, Cold Spring, Minnesota, c. 1945.

Black and white image of Marine Engine Block, War Production, c.1943

Marine Engine Block, War Production, c.1943

Marine Engine Block, War Production, Cold Spring Granite Company, Cold Spring, c.1943.

Black and white photograph of Quarry, Rockville Granite Company, Rockville, Minnesota, c.1910

Quarry, Rockville Granite Company, Rockville, Minnesota, c.1910

Quarry, Rockville Granite Company, Rockville, Minnesota, Henry Alexander left, c.1910.

Cold Spring Granite Company and the Henry N. Alexander Family

St. Cloud was an ideal place to settle if you were a quarryman looking to make a living in the 1880s. The area was rich with a multitude of colors of granite. All that was needed was the right skill set. It was an opportunity just waiting for the likes of the experienced, Scottish-born quarryman Henry N. Alexander who at age nine began learning the craft from his stonemason father near Aberdeen, Scotland. Henry came to the United States in 1880 and established a family granite dynasty that today is the largest granite producing company in the United States.

Black and white photograph of the Goodhue County Fair, 1984.

View of Goodhue County Fair, Zumbrota

A view of the Goodhue County Fair in Zumbrota taken from the grandstand, 1984.

Black and white photograph of the Wanamingo Elevator, c.1950.

Wanamingo Elevator, Wanamingo

The Wanamingo Elevator, c.1950. The community was located on early stagecoach road and wheat trail that linked Red Wing and Kenyon.

Black and white photograph of Pine Island Cheese Co., 1937.

Pine Island Cheese Co.

By the early 1900s, Goodhue County had emerged as Minnesota's leading cheese producer. The county's southeast district around Pine Island, including Pine Island Cheese Company was a production leader, 1937.

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