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Northwest Thresher Company

Northwest Thresher Company, 1908

This view is across the street from the Territorial Prison, on Main Street view toward the Northeast.  Photo courtesy of Stillwater Public Library, John Runk Collection.

 

Northwest Thresher Company    

                 written by R. Molenda

Here lies a great mixture of post-Civil War adventure and intrigue, right here in river city, Stillwater, Minnesota.  The story of Northwest Thresher Manufacturing Company includes a great offering of products, employment of as many as 1,600 men, the use of convict labor within and outside the prison confines, contracts with the territorial prison, building of huge manufacturing facilities, engine shops, woodworking shops, machine shops, foundries, politics, railroad shipping inside and outside the USA and of course, competition. 

This is a promotional photo of one "Minnesota Giant" pulling ten other steam traction engines along north Main Street, Stillwater, MN in 1909.

This is a promotional photo of one "Minnesota Giant" pulling ten other steam traction engines along north Main Street, Stillwater, MN in 1909.

Fire at the Northwest Thresher Manufacturing Company, 1909.  View is south on Main Street across from the Territorial Prison.

Fire at the Northwest Thresher Manufacturing Company, 1909.  View is south on Main Street across from the Territorial Prison.

This is a view from the bluff north of the Territorial Prison.  Photo courtesy of The Stillwater Public Library, John Runk Collection.  The view is looking south toward the wooden pontoon bridge.

This is a view from the bluff north of the Territorial Prison.  Photo courtesy of The Stillwater Public Library, John Runk Collection.  The view is looking south toward the wooden pontoon bridge.

Main Street, south of the Territorial Prison.  The view is to the northwest.  The subject matter is are the fire-breathing traction engines manufactured by The Northwest Thresher Company. Photo credit is The Stillwater Public Library, John Runk Collection. Click or Tap the photo above to view this same location today.

Main Street, south of the Territorial Prison.  The view is to the northwest.  The subject matter is are the fire-breathing traction engines manufactured by The Northwest Thresher Company. Photo credit is The Stillwater Public Library, John Runk Collection. Click or Tap the photo above to view this same location today.