Stone Arch Bridge under construction, Minneapolis

Stone Arch Bridge under construction, Minneapolis

Stone Arch Bridge under construction, c.1883. Photographer: Henry R. Farr.

Train on the Stone Arch Bridge crossing the Mississippi River, Minneapolis; mill

Train on the Stone Arch Bridge crossing the Mississippi River

Train crossing the Stone Arch Bridge, with the milling district in the background, c.1910.

Carleton College campus; note Goodsell Observatory.

Carleton College campus; note Goodsell Observatory

Image of original 1878 astronomical observatory (at right).

View of telescope, Goodsell Observatory, Carleton College, Northfield

View of telescope, Goodsell Observatory, Carleton College, Northfield

Interior of Goodsell Observatory, showing its new telescope, 1891. Photographer: John Runk.

Observatory, Carleton College, Northfield

Observatory, Carleton College, Northfield

Architect's c.1887 drawing of Goodsell Observatory, including a small floor plan. From American Architect and Building News, no. 601 (July 2, 1887).

Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis

Built over the course of twenty-two months in 1882 and 1883, the Stone Arch Bridge across the Mississippi River in Minneapolis is a feat of engineering and a reminder of the importance of rail traffic in the late nineteenth century.

Goodsell Observatory, Carleton College, Northfield

Goodsell Observatory, Carleton College, Northfield

Exterior of Goodsell Observatory, 1891. Photographer: John Runk.

Goodsell Observatory, Northfield

The Goodsell Observatory and its predecessor, a smaller observatory that opened in 1878, helped keep trains running on time and brought national prominence to Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century.

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