Here Are The Oldest Photos Ever Taken In Minnesota And They’re Incredible

Minnesota became a state in 1858, not long after photography began to spread across the globe. Many of the earliest photos of our state are long gone, but others remain to give us a glimpse into what life was like in the early days of our state. These pictures from the 1860s to 1890s may be some of Minnesota’s oldest photos. They offer a fascinating look at the state’s past, from the state’s early logging operations to some of its most famous natural wonders. Take a look:

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What did you think of Minneosta’s oldest photos? I love looking at Minnesota’s landscape when it was still mostly undeveloped. Did any of the pictures stick out to you? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

If you love going back in time, check out these 23 photos taken in Minnesota during the Great Depression.