Tag Archives: Minnesota

French River Motel, Duluth, Minnesota

This image shows the driveway and main building of Anderson’s French River Motel in Duluth, Minnesota.

Photo and Pub. by Gallagher’s Studio of Photography, 920 E. 1st, Duluth, Minn.

The description states:



Highway 61 — North Shore Drive

on Lake Superior Circle Route

Phone JA 5-6165

Duluth, Minn

T.V.  Modern Kitchenette and Overnight Units

Carl and Ethel Anderson

–The community of French River still remains, unincorporated into a town or city, but the motel appears to have been closed. The phone number apparently was an error, and has been changed by hand on the card.

This image likely dates from the 1950s.

Ox Team and Driver, Mission Grove, Plymouth, Minnesota

This image shows a wagon and driver being pulled by a team (or yoke) of oxen, a method which was very common in the 19th Century, particularly for those who were traveling across the continent in search of new opportunities, or to cross the land mass to the west coast.

There is no description on the back of this card.

–It is not clear why this was considered a notable image for publication (or by extension, why the purchaser decided to acquire it). Such ox carts were well known and still evident in rural areas throughout the United States, though their use had declined with the wider availability of mule teams.

Also unknown is what the distinction was between Mission Grove and Mission Farms. It is assumed that the grove referred particularly to the tree-lined area of the settlement and the buildings associated with it, and the farm was the actual working farm where residents would spend their time providing for their upkeep.

This image likely dates from the 1930s.

Wigwam, Mission Farms, Plymouth, Minnesota

This image is a better view of the large, conical-ended residences that lined the canal in the previous image. As is more apparent from this image, the building was not completely conical, but only rounded on the end and tapered to a point at the rooftop.

There is no description on the back of this card.

–While the description on the previous posting of these buildings was tepee, and this is wigwam, the former is closer to the actual structural shape. The classic tipi was tall and conical, while a wigwam was hemispherical in shape. It is not clear why the publisher decided to use different names for the same structure on the two cards.

This image likely dates from the 1930s.