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A History of Minneapolis: an Overview by Staff at the Hennepin County Library

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Featuring historical photos and items from the collections of the Hennepin County Library, with contemporary photos from the Phototour of Minneapolis by Chris Gregerson.

Police and Fire

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The first Hook and Ladder company in Minneapolis (1869). Photographed on Second Street near First Avenue South.
Minneapolis Collection, BR0027.

Horse-drawn fire engine on its way to a fire in 1907.
Minneapolis Collection, M0328.

Tower Hotel fire at Seven Corners (Cedar Avenue), Nov. 26, 1950.
Minneapolis Collection, Uncat Photo Mpls. Fires: Tower Hotel.

Northwestern National Bank fire, Thanksgiving Day 1982.
Municipal Information Library, Slide Collection, MIL3993.

Minneapolis policemen stationed by the old market house known as Gale's Corner at Bridge Square (First Street North and Hennepin Avenue).
Minneapolis Collection, Uncat Photo Mpls.: Police Department.

Women taking an exam for the single job opening in the police department available to women, 1930.
Minneapolis Collection, Uncat Photo Mpls.: Police Department.

Minneapolis Police Department Marching Band performing at Peavey Plaza, June 1975.
Municipal Information Library, Slide Collection, MIL2060.

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