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Photographs of Public Libraries in Wisconsin

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Date: 1905 ca.

Description: Fred Brendemuehl and Emil Lubich in front of Brendemuehl's feed mill.

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Rest Stop

Date: 1925 ca.

Description: A passenger bus makes a stop at the service station of Gustav H. Schwalen.

Date: 1952-10-01 

Description: Combination Class B Retail liquor license granted to Emma Johnson of River Falls.

Date: 2008 

Description: Knute Bjornson originally built this house in the 1860's and in 1933, his grandson Cooney Bjornson reassembled the humble log building to house a gas stati...

Date: 1930 ca.

Description: Pierce County Court House.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Elevated view of steamboat on Mississippi River.

Date: 1910 ca.

Description: Colorized view of the Maiden's Rock, as viewed from Lake City, Minnesota. This was the legendary lover's leap of Wenonah, the first-born daughter of Dakota...

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Round Barn

Date:  date unknown

Description: View across field of a round barn with cows grazing in the pasture in front. Built by John Warren, Menominee.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Panoramic view of Prescott including multiple buildings and a bridge.

Postcard

The Congo

Date: 1910 ca.

Description: The Congregational Church in River Falls, locally called the "Congo".

Date: 1859 

Description: Typed text on back of photograph: "River Falls Rifle company, River Falls, Wis. Organized 1859, later fought with 12th Wisconsin Volunteer Regiment in Civi...

Date: 1908-07 

Description: View of a levee, with buildings on the left.

Date: 1910 ca.

Description: Elevated view of town.

Date:  

Description: Billhead of Burnett & Pratt, "dealers in fresh, salt and smoked meats, fish and game in season," of River Falls, Wisconsin, with a group of livestock, incl...

Date: 1882 ca.

Description: This map is ink and watercolor on paper and shows numbered plots, the public square, streets, Lake St. Croix and the Mississippi River.

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School Building

Date: 1900 

Description: Exterior view of a school building with a group of children and adults gathered in front.

Date: 1905 ca.

Description: Bird's-eye view of Elmwood.

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Warehouse

Date: 1910 ca.

Description: View of a warehouse on the levee, built in 1856.

Date: 1878 ca.

Description: Wisconsin State College.

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