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Photo 1: West Side Milling District, Minneapolis,
ca. 1890.
[Photo 1] with link to larger version of photo.
(Minnesota Historical Society, photographer unknown)

This view shows the flour mills lining the railroad on the west bank of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. The tracks were built on a trestle over the canal that carried water from St. Anthony Falls to power the mills. Cars like the Great Northern box car partially cut off by the right edge of the photo carried wheat from the farms to the mills and flour from the mills to consumers.

Questions for Photo 1

1. How many railroad tracks can you identify in this photo. Why do you think so many were needed?

2. Why do you think it would have been useful to have the tracks so close to the mills?

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