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Willmar, Minnesota Gallery

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Benson Avenue, Willmar Minnesota, 1908
Benson Avenue, Willmar, Minnesota, 1908
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5th Street looking north, Willmar Minnesota, 1908
5th Street looking north, Willmar, Minnesota, 1908
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Litchfield Avenue, Willmar Minnesota, 1908
Litchfield Avenue, Willmar, Minnesota, 1908
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High School, Willmar Minnesota, 1908
High School, Willmar, Minnesota, 1908
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Swedish Mission Church, Willmar Minnesota, 1908
Swedish Mission Church, Willmar, Minnesota, 1908
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Foot Lake Drive, Willmar Minnesota, 1909
Foot Lake Drive, Willmar, Minnesota, 1909
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Great Northern Park and Depot, Willmar Minnesota, 1909
Great Northern Park and Depot, Willmar, Minnesota, 1909
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The Great Northern Railway Through Time The Great Northern Railway Through Time
The Great Northern Railway Through Time takes us on a tour of the American Northwest―the last American frontier―from St. Paul, Minnesota, to Seattle, Washington. The Great Northern opened up the Dakotas, Montana, Idaho, the dramatic Cascade Mountains of Washington, and the Continental Divide at Marias Pass. President James J. Hill intended the Great Northern to be a freight hauling road, but tourists riding on the GN's premier passenger train, The Empire Builder were delighted by the prairie, the farmland, the Big Sky Country, the mountains, and Glacier National Park. The G.N.'s reputation grew. Today, Amtrak's Empire Builder traverses the same territory. The Great Northern Railway Through Time presents photos taken over the course of seventy-five years by photographers of the era. The author has provided ample photo captions pointing out features that have changed over the years and features that have ​stayed the same. The early photos are fresh―never before published. The more recent shots were made by twenty of America's finest rail enthusiast photographers.
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Pacific Avenue and Great Northern Depot and Park, Willmar Minnesota, 1909
Pacific Avenue and Great Northern Depot and Park, Willmar, Minnesota, 1909
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Litchfield Avenue, Willmar Minnesota, 1909
Litchfield Avenue, Willmar, Minnesota, 1909
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Presbyterian Church, Willmar Minnesota, 1909
Presbyterian Church, Willmar, Minnesota, 1909
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Depot and Downtown, Willmar Minnesota, 1909
Depot and Downtown, Willmar, Minnesota, 1909
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 Great Northern Railroad Yards looking west from the Roundhouse, Willmar, 1909
 Great Northern Railroad Yards looking west from the Roundhouse, Willmar, 1909
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New High School, Willmar Minnesota, 1909
New High School, Willmar, Minnesota, 1909
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Swedish Baptist Church, Willmar Minnesota, 1910
Swedish Baptist Church, Willmar, Minnesota, 1910
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Great Northern Round House, Willmar Minnesota, 1910
Great Northern Round House, Willmar, Minnesota, 1910
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Great Northern Depot and Fourth Street, Willmar Minnesota, 1910
Great Northern Depot and Fourth Street, Willmar, Minnesota, 1910
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Great Northern Park, Willmar Minnesota, 1910
Great Northern Park, Willmar, Minnesota, 1910
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Willmar (Images of America) Willmar (Images of America)
It was the 1850s when the first settlers arrived in the area that would become Willmar, Minnesota. Encouraged by the land itself, they came for the fertile soil and the beauty and serenity provided by the landscape. Calamity would strike in 1862 due to the Dakota War, causing residents to flee for safer pastures. In 1869, the Great Northern Railroad would again call settlers to Kandiyohi County. Most of Scandinavian descent, this hardy lot would not be driven from the land again. In 1870, acting as agent for the St. Paul & Pacific Railroad, Leon Chadwick Willmar purchased the title to Section 1 of Willmar Township. The following year, Willmar was officially named a city and became the county seat of Kandiyohi County. As the years passed from then to now, Willmar residents would face success and challenge, feast and famine, and partnership and controversy. No matter the circumstance, they would band together to face whatever arrived and join together in both celebration and sorrow.
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Sixth Street looking south, Willmar Minnesota, 1910
Sixth Street looking south, Willmar, Minnesota, 1910
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High School, Willmar Minnesota, 1910
High School, Willmar, Minnesota, 1910
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Pacific Avenue, Willmar Minnesota, 1910
Pacific Avenue, Willmar, Minnesota, 1910
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Fourth Street, Willmar Minnesota, 1910
Fourth Street, Willmar, Minnesota, 1910
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Birdseye View of Willmar Minnesota, 1910
Birdseye View of Willmar, Minnesota, 1910
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City Hall and Electric Light Plant, Willmar Minnesota, 1910's
City Hall and Electric Light Plant, Willmar, Minnesota, 1910s
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Court House, Willmar Minnesota, 1910's
Court House, Willmar, Minnesota, 1910s
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Great Northern Depot and Park, Willmar Minnesota, 1910's
Great Northern Depot and Park, Willmar, Minnesota, 1910s
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Post Office, Willmar Minnesota, 1910's
Post Office, Willmar, Minnesota, 1910s
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Great Northern Depot and Street Fair, Willmar Minnesota, 1910's
Great Northern Depot and Street Fair, Willmar, Minnesota, 1910s
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Pacific Avenue, Willmar Minnesota, 1910's
Pacific Avenue, Willmar, Minnesota, 1910s
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Birds eye view, Willmar Minnesota, 1910's
Birds eye view, Willmar, Minnesota, 1910s
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Fifth Street, Willmar Minnesota, 1910's
Fifth Street, Willmar, Minnesota, 1910s
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Litchfield Avenue West, Willmar Minnesota, 1910's
Litchfield Avenue West, Willmar, Minnesota, 1910s
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New Swedish Baptist Church, Willmar Minnesota, 1910's
New Swedish Baptist Church, Willmar, Minnesota, 1910s
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View of Foot Lake, Willmar Minnesota, 1910's
View of Foot Lake, Willmar, Minnesota, 1910s
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State Farm, Willmar Minnesota, 1910's
State Farm, Willmar, Minnesota, 1910s
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Elevator District, Willmar Minnesota, 1910's?
Elevator District, Willmar, Minnesota, 1910s
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State Farm near Willmar Minnesota, 1911
State Farm near Willmar, Minnesota, 1911
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Great Northern Depot, Willmar Minnesota, 1908
Great Northern Depot, Willmar, Minnesota, 1911
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First National Bank, Willmar Minnesota, 1911
First National Bank, Willmar, Minnesota, 1911
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First National Bank, Willmar Minnesota, 1911
First National Bank, Willmar, Minnesota, 1911
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Fourth Street looking north, Willmar Minnesota, 1912
Fourth Street looking north, Willmar, Minnesota, 1912
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4th Street looking north, Willmar Minnesota, 1912
4th Street looking north, Willmar, Minnesota, 1912
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Litchfield Avenue looking west, Willmar Minnesota, 1912
Litchfield Avenue looking west, Willmar, Minnesota, 1912
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Dr. Benson's Hospital, Willmar Minnesota, 1912
Dr. Benson's Hospital, Willmar, Minnesota, 1912
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Seventh Street North, Willmar Minnesota, 1910's?
Seventh Street North, Willmar, Minnesota, 1913
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Lafayette School, Willmar Minnesota, 1913
Lafayette School, Willmar, Minnesota, 1913
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Birdseye View of Willmar Minnesota, 1910's?
Birdseye View of Willmar, Minnesota, 1914
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First Church of Christ Scientist, Willmar Minnesota, 1914
First Church of Christ Scientist, Willmar, Minnesota, 1914
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State Farm near Willmar Minnesota, 1914
State Farm near Willmar, Minnesota, 1914
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Corner of Eleventh Street and Becker Avenue, Willmar Minnesota, 1914
Corner of Eleventh Street and Becker Avenue, Willmar, Minnesota, 1914
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Metropolitan Bldg & Morrell's 5¢ & 10¢ Store,  Willmar Minnesota, 1915
Metropolitan Bldg & Morrell's 5¢ & 10¢ Store,  Willmar, Minnesota, 1915
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Kandiyohi County Bank, Willmar Minnesota, 1918
Kandiyohi County Bank, Willmar, Minnesota, 1918
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Homewood Park, Willmar Minnesota, 1918
Homewood Park, Willmar, Minnesota, 1918
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Swedish Baptist Church, Willmar Minnesota, 1919
Swedish Baptist Church, Willmar, Minnesota, 1919
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Presbyterian Church, Willmar Minnesota, 1919
Presbyterian Church, Willmar, Minnesota, 1919
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Litchfield Avenue, Willmar, Minnesota, 1920
Litchfield Avenue, Willmar, Minnesota, 1920
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Post Office, Willmar Minnesota, 1920's
Post Office, Willmar, Minnesota, 1920s
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The Willmar Hospital, Willmar Minnesota, 1920's
The Willmar Hospital, Willmar, Minnesota, 1920s
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Kandiyohi County Courthouse, Willmar Minnesota, 1920's
Kandiyohi County Courthouse, Willmar, Minnesota, 1920s
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Bethel Lutheran Church, Willmar Minnesota, 1920's
Bethel Lutheran Church, Willmar, Minnesota, 1920s
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Great Northern Depot, Willmar Minnesota, 1920's?
Great Northern Depot, Willmar, Minnesota, 1920s
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Fourth Street, Willmar Minnesota, 1924
Fourth Street, Willmar, Minnesota, 1924
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Hotel Lakeland, Willmar Minnesota, 1928
Hotel Lakeland, Willmar, Minnesota, 1928
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Drive along Willmar Lake near State Hospital, Willmar Minnesota, 1928
Drive along Willmar Lake near State Hospital, Willmar, Minnesota, 1928
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Litchfield Avenue, Willmar Minnesota, late 1920's
Litchfield Avenue, Willmar, Minnesota, late 1920s
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Old Mill Inn on Green Lake near Willmar Minnesota, 1930
Old Mill Inn on Green Lake near Willmar, Minnesota, 1930
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Dock scene on Green Lake near Willmar Minnesota, 1930
Dock scene on Green Lake near Willmar, Minnesota, 1930
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Post Office, Willmar Minnesota, 1930's
Post Office, Willmar, Minnesota, 1930s
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Willmar Auditorium, Willmar Minnesota, 1930's
Willmar Auditorium, Willmar, Minnesota, 1930s
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High School, Willmar Minnesota, 1930's
High School, Willmar, Minnesota, 1930s
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Rice Memorial Hospital, Willmar Minnesota, 1930's
Rice Memorial Hospital, Willmar, Minnesota, 1930s
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"A Sporty Grass Green Golf Course", Willmar Minnesota, 1930's
"A Sporty Grass Green Golf Course", Willmar, Minnesota, 1930s
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Tourist Camp at Old Mill Inn, Willmar Minnesota, 1937
Tourist Camp at Old Mill Inn, Willmar, Minnesota, 1937
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Litchfield Avenue, Willmar Minnesota, 1939
Litchfield Avenue, Willmar, Minnesota, 1939
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High School, Willmar Minnesota, 1940's?
High School, Willmar, Minnesota, 1940s
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Street scene, Willmar, Minnesota, 1940s
Street scene, Willmar, Minnesota, 1940s
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Episcopal Church, Willmar Minnesota, 1940's
Episcopal Church, Willmar, Minnesota, 1940s
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Catholic Church, Willmar Minnesota, 1940's
Catholic Church, Willmar, Minnesota, 1940s
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Kandiyohi County Court House, Willmar Minnesota, 1940's
Kandiyohi County Court House, Willmar, Minnesota, 1940s
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Post Office, Willmar Minnesota, 1940's
Post Office, Willmar, Minnesota, 1940s
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Litchfield Avenue, Willmar Minnesota, 1940's
Litchfield Avenue, Willmar, Minnesota, 1940s
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New Bridge on Highway 12, Willmar Minnesota, 1940's?
New Bridge on Highway 12, Willmar, Minnesota, 1943
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Great Northern Railroad Yards, Willmar Minnesota, 1943
Great Northern Railroad Yards, Willmar, Minnesota, 1943
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Garfield School, Willmar Minnesota, 1944
Garfield School, Willmar, Minnesota, 1944
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Court House, Willmar Minnesota, 1945
Court House, Willmar, Minnesota, 1945
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Kandiyohi County Courthouse, Willmar Minnesota, 1947
Kandiyohi County Courthouse, Willmar, Minnesota, 1947
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US Post Office, Willmar Minnesota, 1947
US Post Office, Willmar, Minnesota, 1947
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Hotel Lakeland, Willmar Minnesota, 1947
Hotel Lakeland, Willmar, Minnesota, 1947
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Dave's Sporting Goods, Willmar Minnesota, 1947
Dave's Sporting Goods, Willmar, Minnesota, 1947
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