2014

The Minneapolis Industrial Exposition

Minneapolis’ most prominent citizens were shocked when they learned that the Minnesota State Fair chose to take up permanent residence St. Paul. After the announcement was made, these citizens sprung into action to plan...

Upper Post of Fort Snelling: Band Barracks

The yellow brick barracks for the Fort Snelling band originally housed about 28 military musicians. Built in 1903, the barracks feature a three-story projecting bay with wooden porches on both sides on the first and...

Hamm’s Homes of Sky Blue Waters

From the Land of Sky Blue Waters, From the land of pines, lofty balsams, Comes the beer refreshing, Hamm’s the beer refreshing. The Theodore Hamm Brewing Company was established in 1865 when Theodore Hamm...

Upper Post of Fort Snelling: Post School

Prior to Minnesota becoming a state, most of a child’s educational needs were met by either their parents or a local priest/pastor who could devote time to teaching them. Once Fort Snelling was built...

How Betty Crocker Became America’s First Lady of Food

Betty Crocker was born in a boardroom of The Washburn-Crosby Company of Minneapolis in 1921. A flood of questions from the public about baking had been overwhelming the company for years, so in a...

Upper Post of Fort Snelling: Officer’s Quarters

Prior to the 1967 expansion of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, the area of the Upper Post known as Officer’s Row looked like a typical block of family homes. The houses were generously set back...

Elizabeth Quinlan’s Renaissance Revival Palace

Elizabeth C. Quinlan was the co-founder of the Young-Quinlan Department Store in downtown Minneapolis. The popularity of her store was due in large part to offering exceptionally-made clothing and accessories to not only the...

Upper Post of Fort Snelling: Quartermaster’s Shops

A building boom took place in upper part of the fort when the Department of the Dakota moved its headquarters to Fort Snelling in 1879. Building 63 was originally constructed to house the Quartermaster’s...

Elizabeth Quinlan – The Queen of Minneapolis

In an age before women had the right to vote, Elizabeth C. Quinlan was a natural entrepreneur who had a business acumen that rivaled most men of her era. Quinlan made a name for...

Upper Post of Fort Snelling: Hospital Steward’s Quarters

The home for the hospital steward, the hospital’s principal non-commissioned officer, and his family sits in a small grove of trees that gives us a glimpse as to what this part of the Fort...

Upper Post of Fort Snelling

The Upper Post of Fort Snelling will be featured in a new series of posts dedicated to the buildings located to the southwest of Historic Fort Snelling. The Upper Post is comprised of World...

The Legendary John Beargrease

Since 1980, the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon has attracted mushers from around the world. Beginning in Duluth and running 400 miles along the north shore of Lake Superior to the Canadian border, the...