Black and white photoprint of high bridge construction c. March 1889

Construction of the first High bridge

Black and white photoprint of high bridge construction c. March, 1889.

Black and white photoprint of high bridge construction c. January, 1889.

View of High bridge being built

Black and white photoprint of high bridge construction c. January, 1889.

Black and white photoprint of high bridge construction c. November 1888.

View of high bridge construction

Black and white photoprint of high bridge construction c. November 1888.

St. Paul's Original High Bridge

When St. Paul's High Bridge opened in 1889, only one bridge in the United States surpassed it in height and length. Built of wrought iron and designed for wagons, the High Bridge served mainly cars and trucks. It was demolished in 1985 after ninety-six years of service.

Oil-on-canvas painting of steamboats traveling the Mississippi River. Painted by Ferdinand Richardt in 1857.

View on the Mississippi River

Oil-on-canvas painting of steamboats traveling the Mississippi River. Painted by Ferdinand Richardt in 1857.

MN90: The Lighthouse Keeper's Mistake

Split Rock Lighthouse has been a fixture of Northern Minnesota for generations. But few know the story behind its shaky beginning. What happens when an overeager new lighthouse keeper jumps the gun?

MN90: The Lure of the Lighthouse

For decades, the majority of functioning lighthouses have operated mechanically, without a resident lighthouse keeper to keep things going. Yet tourists still flock to sites like Split Rock to ponder the lighthouse keeper’s lifestyle. What is it about a lighthouse that keeps us wondering?

MN90: The Citizens League

What makes Minnesota unique? The lakes, the weather...and the Minnesota Citizen's League. For over 60 years, the Minnesota Citizens League has helped tackle some of the toughest problems in the state. MN90 producer Allison Herrera tells us more about this influential organization.

Black and white photograph of bronze capstan from the Hesper

Bronze capstan from the Hesper

Bronze capstan from the wreck of the Hesper.

Black and white photograph of the the Hesper at Manitowoc, c.1900

The Hesper at Manitowoc, c.1900

Starboard bow view in river at Manitowoc, c.1900

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