Black and white photograph of Orville Paterson Chubb, c.1885.

Orville Paterson Chubb

Orville Paterson Chubb, c.1885.

Black and white photograph of Sarah Elizabeth Gordon Chubb, c.1870.

Sarah Elizabeth Gordon Chubb

Sarah Elizabeth Gordon Chubb, c.1870.

Black and white photograph of Dr. Orville P Chubb, c.1870.

Orville P. Chubb

Dr. Orville P Chubb, c.1870.

Steamboats Itasca and War Eagle at the St. Paul levee, 1859.

Steamboats

Steamboats Itasca and War Eagle at the St. Paul levee, 1859.

Painting showing a view of St. Paul, 1855.

View of St. Paul

Painting showing a view of St. Paul, 1855.

Watercolor painting of an interior view of Fort Snelling made c.1853.

Interior View, Fort Snelling

Watercolor painting of an interior view of Fort Snelling made c.1853.

Oil on canvas painting of Fort Snelling created c.1855.

Fort Snelling

Oil on canvas painting of Fort Snelling created c.1855.

Black and white photograph of St. Anthony Falls taken c.1860.

Falls of St. Anthony

Black and white photograph of St. Anthony Falls taken c.1860.

Black and white photo print of a drawing the state capitol c.1853–1873.

First State Capitol of Minnesota

Black-and-white photo print of a drawing of the first Minnesota state capitol c.1853–1873.

The Rock Island Excursion of 1854

On February 22, 1854, the Chicago and Rock Island Railroad completed the first rail line to connect the Mississippi River to the Atlantic Ocean. To promote that feat the company contacted notable East Coast citizens and journalists and invited them to ride their train to Rock Island. From there, the visitors took a steamboat trip up the Mississippi, stopping at St. Paul. The journalists, pleased with what they saw, wrote of the beauty and splendor of a region that many in the East thought was little more than a wilderness.

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