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MN Prairie Roots: Downtown Faribault in black & white


The former Security Bank building anchors a corner of Central Avenue
in downtown Faribault.

PHOTOS DEVOID of distracting color possess a certain surreal, dreamy quality and a vintage feel that have always appealed to me.

Some of the best images I’ve seen hearken from years ago which just goes to prove that technology doesn’t always equate better results.

While filing through photos I shot in historic downtown Faribault on Saturday afternoon and evening, I decided to play with my photo editing tools and desaturate several images. I liked the results so much that I stripped every frame of color.

The results, I think, impress even more upon the viewer the history of this early Minnesota community that stretches back to its founding by fur trader Alexander Faribault in 1852.

We’re a city rich in history with 40 properties on the National Register of Historic Places.

With that perspective, please join me on a quick photo tour of the downtown area. Certainly much more comprises our downtown than what you see in the seven images here.

I invite you to explore on your own, to immerse yourself in the history that defines Faribault.

Historic buildings along Central Avenue.

Dandelet Jewelry occupies the former 1882 Dandelet Dry Goods building, which was renovated in 1985.

A scene from the movie, “Grumpy Old Men,” was shot in the former
drug store to the right in this image. Today the building houses a pawn

A holiday display window at Erickson Furniture, in business since 1956
and located along Fifth Street Northwest just a block off Central Avenue.
Erickson Furniture won first place in the Main Street window decorating
contest with its suspended green chairs, holiday ornaments and lights.

Holiday decorations in a business window along Third Street Northwest
just off Central.

A sign in the window of Burkhartzmeyer Shoes, a third-generation
family-owned shoe store founded in 1949.

CLICK HERE to read a previous post about Faribault’s historic downtown.

This post was written by  Audrey Kletscher Helbling and originally published on  Minnesota Prairie Roots.

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