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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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Maiden Rock

Date:  date unknown

Description: A stereoscopic view from the shore of Maiden Rock in Lake Pepin.

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Prescott House

Date: 1932 

Description: Exterior view of the Prescott House, an inn built in 1856 that served the nearby farmers until about 1870.

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Description: Interior view of the State Normal School Library in River Falls. Below the image it reads: "Beautiful New Library, State Normal School, River Falls, Wiscon...

Date: 1885 ca.

Description: Stereograph view of a Methodist Episcopal church with children and adults lined up outside.

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Main Street

Date: 1900 after

Description: A view of the row of shops along Main Street, with J.W. Allard's store in the foreground. A group of men are visible down the street.

Date: 1860 ca.

Description: View of buildings along the levee.

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Main Street

Date: 1880 ca.

Description: Stereograph view of several establishments along Main Street with people standing along the walkway in front of them.

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Harrisburg Church

Date: 1909 ca.

Description: Exterior view of church. Unknown County, it is most likely near Maiden Rock, Pierce County. There are long hills in the background.

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Baptist Church

Date: 1856 ca.

Description: Exterior view of a Baptist church.

Date: 1880 

Description: Bird's-eye map of River Falls.

Date: 1927 ca.

Description: A view of the vine-covered facade and side of North Hall at the State Normal School. Stone work decorates the top of the building and a flag flies from the...

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Kinnickinnic Falls

Date: 1885 ca.

Description: The Kinnickinnic Falls.

Date: 1899 

Description: Exterior view of a congregational church.

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Warehouse

Date: 1932 

Description: View of multiple old warehouses on the levee.

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Description: Letterhead of Chas. Fresse of Ellsworth, Wisconsin, a dealer in harnesses, saddles, and other equestrian equipment, printed in dark blue ink, with an image...

Date: 1930 ca.

Description: View of multiple buildings and piers taken from the Burlington Railroad bridge.

Date: 1905 ca.

Description: View looking down Main Street with the St. Leon Hotel visible on the right.

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Fortune's Car

Date: 1928 

Description: George Fortune of River Falls sitting in his new car, with his dog in the back seat.

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