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Zapp Bank (Stearns History Museum)
Zapp Bank (Stearns History Museum)
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St. Cloud’s Zapp Bank Was Incorporated – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

John Zapp opened Zapp’s Abstract and Loan Bank which was incorporated in St. Cloud on July 1st, 1907. Pioneer settlers who had accumulated some money began to leave it with Zapp, who would give them a receipt and place the money in his safe in the Register of Deeds office.

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Mainstreet Rockville in 1908 (Stearns History Museum)
Mainstreet Rockville in 1908 (Stearns History Museum)
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Rockville Was Formed – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

The first known settlers in the Rockville area came in 1852. More and more pioneers immigrated to the area over the next few years. As the population of the village increased, W.B. Mitchell and his father opened the first store here.

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First Electric Streetcar Opened – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

The electric car shuttled in people along with a new metropolitan experience in the city which reigned for 44 years. The St. Cloud Streetcar Co. originally consisted of two cars and 10 horses.

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First Stagecoach Line Opened – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

June 21st, 1859 – Stagecoach line between St. Cloud and the Red River opened. In 1859, J.C. Burbank and Company of St. Paul combined with the firm of Allen and Chase to form the Minnesota Stage Company and immediately set about the task of clearing a road and building stations and bridges along the route. After three weeks of work, the first two stages left St. Cloud on June 21, 1859, loaded with passengers.

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Photos courtesy of Smithsonian Institute
Photos courtesy of Smithsonian Institute
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White House Exhibit Opens This Weekend At Stearns History Museum

Get a behind-the-scenes look into the White House at a new exhibit opening this weekend at the Stearns History Museum. "The Working White House: Two Centuries Of Traditions and Memories" is part of the Smithsonian Institute's Traveling Exhibits.

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John Ryan
Stearns County Jail photo
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Man Jailed After Break-In At Stearns History Museum

A man has been arrested for allegedly attempting to burglarize the Stearns History Museum. St. Cloud police responded to the alarm at the museum around 2:30 a.m. today. When they arrived, they spotted 26 year old John Ryan running from the scene.

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Beer Caves Discovered In St. Cloud – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

“Beer Caves” found? On June 7, 1949, a sewer laying crew had been plagued with water when attempting to lay pipes between First and Second Street on Fifth Avenue North. Each time dirt was removed water would ooze up and over the pipe laying operations. The contractor then struck rock which led to the unearthing of a cave 100 feet long, 18 feet wide and 15 feet high.

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A 1923 photo of the Great Northern Car Shop workers (Stearns History Museum)
A 1923 photo of the Great Northern Car Shop workers (Stearns History Museum)
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The Waite Park Railroad Shop Opened – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

St. Cloud was a railway hub in the late 1800s. The city proved one of most important railway centers in the state with tracks spanning from Canada to the Pacific. The Minnesotan lines coincidentally converged in St. Cloud thus offering a direct connection to every mile of the 3,334 in the Great Northern system.

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Myron Hall (Photo by Stearns History Museum)
Myron Hall (Photo by Stearns History Museum)
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Photojournalist Myron Hall was born – On ‘This Date in Central Minnesota History’

Myron Hall, whose 100th year birthday would be celebrated today, chronicled events for more than 40 years as the Times’ only photojournalist and proved an influential figure in the history of Central Minnesota.

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Photo courtesy the Myron Hall Collection, Stearns History Museum
Photo courtesy the Myron Hall Collection, Stearns History Museum
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First Triplets Born At St. Cloud Hospital – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

The first triplets were born at the St. Cloud Hospital since it opened in its current location arrived on May 25th, 1953. The three boys, Bradley, Bruce, and Brian, were born to Mr. and Mrs. Everett Kranz.

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