MN90: The Greatest Minnesota Athlete to Run on Four Legs

One of Minnesota's greatest athletes was Dan Patch, a harness horse from the turn of the 20th century who set the world record by pacing a mile in 1:55. When salesman Marion Savage (yes, the town Savage, MN is named after him) bought Dan Patch, he became very rich by turning his horse into a supreme pitchman for all kinds of products, including cars, watches and washing machines. MN90 producer Marisa Helms has the story.

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.

Color aerial view of expanded Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and moved Softball field.

Aerial view of Parade after Minneapolis Sculpture Garden expanded

This aerial view shows The Parade after the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden was expanded and the softball field was moved (foreground) to replace the demolished stadium.

Black and white photograph of Aquatennial Parade Grand Marshal Richard M. Nixon departs Parade Stadium on the parade route, 1958.

Grand Marshall Richard M. Nixon, Aquatennial parade

Aquatennial Parade Grand Marshal Richard M. Nixon departs Parade Stadium on the parade route, 1958.

Black and white photograph of filming an Aquatennial event at Parade Stadium, August 10, 1956.

Minneapolis Star Tribune photographer filming Aquatennial event from a raised tractor bucket

Filming an Aquatennial event at Parade Stadium, August 10, 1956.

Black and white photograph of a small section of bleachers at the Parade in 1925 couldn't hold all the spectators.

Municipal Amateur Athletic Association football game at Parade Stadium football field, Minneapolis

A small section of bleachers at The Parade couldn't hold all the spectators, 1925.

Black and white photograph of fans lining the fields for football games at The Parade, about 1923.

Municipal Amateur Athelic Association football game at Parade Stadium, Minneapolis

Fans line the fields for football games at The Parade, about 1923.

Black and white photograph of Parade Stadium, ready for its first full season of football, 1952.

Aerial view of Parade Stadium, Minneapolis

Parade Stadium is ready for its first full season of football, 1952. Photographer: Schreiber-Hager.

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