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Wheat Farms, Flour Mills, and Railroads:
A Web of Interdependence--
Supplemental Resources

After reading Wheat Farms, Flour Mills, and Railroads: A Web of Interdependence students will understand how transportation can help widely separated businesses work together efficiently. Students and educators wanting to know more will find much useful information on the Internet.

Mississippi National River & Recreation Area
The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, a unit of the National Park Service, is a narrow corridor of land on either side of the Mississippi River extending from Dayton, MN on the north boundary through the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and downstream to Hastings, MN. Visit their website for more information on this unique corridor.

Minnesota Historical Society
The Minnesota Historical Society website contains useful materials on the St. Anthony Falls Historic District, on the role of the railroads in Minnesota history and the places associated with them, on James J. Hill, and on the Mill City Museum created within the standing ruins of the former Washburn A flour mill in the west side milling district in Minneapolis.

The Historical Society also maintains a website that summarizes what an extensive program of industrial archeology has discovered in the St. Anthony Falls Industrial District.

Power to Production
The Tsongas Industrial History Center website includes a Power to Production activity guide that helps students understand how falling water could be used to power factories and industrial equipment.

Mississippi Adventure
The Center for Global Environmental Education at Hamline University maintains a website that includes a variety of educational materials and activities on the Mississippi watershed, including additional information on the geology and history of St. Anthony Falls.

Bagg Bonanza Historical Farm
This website includes brief histories of the bonanza farms, the Bagg Farm, and the Bagg family. It also includes historic and current photos of the farm and the ongoing restoration of the surviving buildings.

Bonanza Farms: Prairie Giants of the Northern Plains
This website is a companion to a prize-winning program presented by the Public Broadcasting System station in Fargo, ND, in 2001. It includes a history of the bonanza farms, portraits of individual farms and their owners, a discussion of the decline of the farms in the 20th century, and historic and current photographs.

History of American Agriculture
This website, maintained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, traces the history of agriculture in the U.S. from 1776 through the 1990s. It contains sections on farmers and the land, farm machinery and technology, and transportation.

Library of Congress
The American Memory website at the Library of Congress features primary sources related to agriculture on the Northern Great Plains from 1880 to 1920, with many historic images of wheat farming in North Dakota.

Railroad History
The National Railroad Museum website, features a a history of railroads in the United States. It provides a useful context for understanding the role played by the St. Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba.

 

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