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Minnesota Pioneer Sketches from the Personal Recollections and Observations of a Pioneer Resident By FRANK G. O'BRIEN Illustrated.  Minneapolis, Minnesota. H. H. S. ROWELL, PUBLISHER The Housekeeper Press 1904. 
At the age of twelve, Frank G. O'Brien (1843-1920) moved from Maine to Minnesota with his father and siblings, settling in Anoka County in 1855. After a difficult winter, the family moved to St. Anthony's Falls where O'Brien spent his adolescence combining a variety of manual and entrepreneurial jobs with education. Minnesota Pioneer Sketches is a collection of newspaper feature articles written by O'Brien that are here published in book form. The articles describe his own youth as well as notable events during the second half of the nineteenth century in Minnesota. He discusses farming, transportation, the U.S. mail, politics, Indians, the Civil War, religious practices, lumber camps, education, and other topics associated with pioneer life and the growth of the state.   (Many names of early St. Anthony and Minneapolis residents are also mentioned in this work)
CLICK HERE TO READ ACTUAL PAGES FROM THIS BOOK.  AMERICAN MEMORY This link will take you off-site and to the Table of Contents of the book.

 Original Street names in Minneapolis and St. Anthony  Also see

Minneapolis Alphabet Streets - Did you ever wonder where the names of the alphabet streets came from?

RESOURCES ON MINNEAPOLIS HISTORY (Still under construction, but worth checking out)



This is a great site for anyone researching the history of the Phillips neighborhood of south Minneapolis!
here for boundary map of the Phillips neighborhood, then go to the website where
you'll find many interesting photos of some of the homes in the area, a database of veterans
buried in the Pioneer and & Soldiers Cemetery, also known as "Layman's Cemetery", located
on Lake Street and Cedar Ave. South. The 1859-1860 Minneapolis & St. Anthony Directory,
and three months of misc. newspaper articles from February, March and April of 1909. Many
contain names of citizens, and addresses where they lived or events took place, and misc. items.
A GREAT resource, but interesting as well.!

Ever wonder who built and lived in some of the beautiful homes and mansions around Lake of the Isles and Park Avenue in Minneapolis, and who own them today? The "Walk on the Wild Side Thursday Night Hikes" is an unincorporated unstructured aggregation of hikers that has been in existence as a group for about a decade, does not charge for any interested hiker to participate in a hike, and is wholly unprofitable. Larry Martin has written a perspective of these structures to be seen on a hike for hike participants designed solely to shed light on the character of a building and a neighborhood rather than to be definitive research. His narrative also includes interesting information on the past and present residents as well. He has gathered information from
the City of Minneapolis property information and Hennepin County property tax information, city directories available from the Minnesota Historical Society, and old Hennepin County and Minneapolis City biographical collections held by MNHS.

List of residents of the Bohemian Flats -  Click on map to enlarge
Plat map of the Bohemian Flats in Minneapolis showing names of residents--dated 1922.

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