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About this collection

John Runk (1878-1964) is something of a local celebrity in his native Stillwater, Minnesota.  He spent his career as a photographer, documenting the people and places of his town through the lens of his camera.  Moreover, he was an assiduous collector of historic photos of the region, from the mid-nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth.  These images, which Runk donated to the Stillwater Public Library, cover a wide array of subject matter, from the logging industry which dominated the region for half a century to everyday life in and around the St. Croix River valley in which Stillwater is situated.

The digital library you are viewing is an attempt to present before the public selections from John Runk's work that have previously not been made available online.  Major topics represented include downtown Stillwater, the Washington County area (of which Stillwater is the county seat), bridges and other river crossings, and the fabled logging industry.  You will also find a few links to other web resources where further information may be found.

The images were digitized at, and are owned by, the Stillwater Public Library.  We are very thankful to have the library's express permission to use them here.

 
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