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.