My thanks to Wayne Ostlie, who has donated the following photos related to early logging around Minnesota’s Lake Itasca. These historic photos (ca 1910) reflect the hardships early loggers faced in cutting the timber that was floated on the Mississippi River to downstream sawmills.
Wayne, along with Odell Bjerkness and Paul Ostlie, have published Montevideo: 1860 to 1930 Through Their Eyes and In Their Words. This photo-packed book presents the visual history of early Montevideo, with narratives of this prairie village and the citizens who fueled its early growth. For a summary of the book’s chapters go to: