On April 11, 1889, six hundred Minneapolis streetcar drivers walked off the job. Three hundred St. Paul drivers and other workers struck the following morning.
Linda A. Cameron is the program manager for the MNopedia project at the Minnesota Historical Society. She received the Theodore C. Blegen award for the best staff-written article in Minnesota History (2010). Her projects with the Minnesota Historical Society include research and web editing for the Minnesota’s Greatest Generation and Becoming Minnesotan projects, and educational program development for historic sites and museums.
In 1959, Minnesota received its first top ranking in turkey production in the U.S. with more than 13 million raised, a position it consistently holds. By 2016, annual production totaled 45 million birds raised by 450 growers on 600 farms.
The Minnesota governor’s residence at 1006 Summit Avenue in St. Paul began as the home of the Horace Irvine family.
Senator William Lochren of Rochester protested that the governor could not legally veto a constitutional amendment bill. But an amendment vote never happened.
At the convention, AWSA President William Dudley Foulke delivered a powerful speech in which he reminded the assembly that “the just powers of government are derived from the consent of the governed,” a principle violated with the vote denied to female citizens.
By 1982, 49 percent of the 11,000 farmers in Minnesota with Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) loans were in delinquency, and more than 300 farms faced foreclosure.
Minnesota farmers’ gross cash income fell from $438 million in 1918 to $229 million in 1922. In 1932, it fell to $155 million.
The second capitol, completed in 1883, served as the seat of Minnesota state government for just ten years before state officials began planning a grander, more efficient capitol.
The building was completed in 1853, four years after Minnesota became a state.
Metropolitan Stadium — “the Met” — hosted Minnesota’s professional baseball, football, and soccer teams until the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome replaced it in 1981.
Minnesota CCC projects centered mainly on forestry and state and national park projects.
In 1926, Northwest Airways, Inc. began carrying airmail between the Twin Cities and Chicago. It would grow to become a major international carrier.
Architect Cass Gilbert commissioned Daniel Chester French, best known for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to create “The Progress of the State.”
Ridership of the electric lines peaked in 1920 with 238 million passengers, in spite of an increase in the fare from five to six cents.
Horse-drawn streetcars sparked the growth of what would become one of the most extensive streetcar systems in the country.
Geology, the Homestead Act of 1862, railroads, modern machinery, and revolutionary new flour-milling methods all contributed to the bonanza farm boom.
A target of racial prejudice throughout his life, Wheaton believed in the political process as a means to improve the state’s civil rights laws.