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March 4, 2019
The first practicing female physician in Minnesota just happened to be a resident of Becker County. Dr. Emma Katherine Ogden moved to the village of Detroit (now Detroit Lakes) in 1881, to open a medical practice. She continued to practice medicine in Detroit Lakes until her death in 1916. (Photo courtesy of Becker County Museum)
Pioneering women: Dr. Emma Ogden
March 4, 2019 - 4:22pm
February 13, 2019
This photo of Julia Warren Spears is part of the Becker County Museum's collection.
Another of Becker County's pioneering women: Julia Warren Spears
February 13, 2019 - 4:05pm
February 11, 2019
Electric power poles with street lights on them were added to Detroit Lakes' Washington Avenue in 1913. (Photo courtesy of Becker County Museum)
Electric lights have adorned Detroit Lakes' Washington Avenue for more than a century
February 11, 2019 - 3:22pm
February 10, 2019
This 1895 photo from the Becker County Museum shows a large snow pile located in front of the McCarthy Building and the Detroit Post Office on Washington Avenue.
The winter of 1895 saw heavy snowfall in Detroit Lakes
February 10, 2019 - 5:49pm
February 8, 2019
This structure, known as the Irish Block, once stood approximately where La Barista is now, at the corner of Holmes and Washington in downtown Detroit Lakes. (Photo courtesy of Becker County Museum)
Downtown Detroit Lakes once had a bit o'Irish in it
February 8, 2019 - 2:26pm
February 6, 2019
This 1892 image from the Becker County Museum's files shows Detroit Lakes — or the village of Detroit, as it was then known — as it appeared from atop the Hotel Minnesota, looking westward.
Through the looking glass: Detroit Lakes, circa 1892
February 6, 2019 - 11:56am
February 5, 2019
This photo of 'The Clubhouse' can be found in the archives of the Becker County Museum's research library.
The Club House on the shore
February 5, 2019 - 3:16pm
February 3, 2019
The view of Washington Avenue from the north side of the railroad tracks, back in the days before the roadway was paved. (Photo courtesy of Becker County Museum)
Washington Avenue: A look back into its past
February 3, 2019 - 2:22pm
February 2, 2019
This photo of Jessie Campbell West in her wedding attire was taken in 1874, when she married John Kingsbury West, one of the earliest settlers of Becker County. (Photo courtesy of the Becker County Museum)
A pioneering woman: Jessie Campbell West
February 2, 2019 - 12:00pm
January 31, 2019
Members of the Lady Shriners Club posed for this photo on the shore of Detroit Lake in 1899. (Photo courtesy of Becker County Museum)
The Lady Shriners Club
January 31, 2019 - 4:27pm
January 30, 2019
This self-propelled ice cutter was one of many creative ways that local ice harvesters found to speed up the harvesting process. (Photo courtesy of Becker County Museum)
Ice harvesting inspired creativity
January 30, 2019 - 12:35pm
January 28, 2019
This image from the pre-paved road days of Richwood Village has been preserved, in postcard form, in the archives of the Becker County Museum.
Village of Richwood was organized in 1871
January 28, 2019 - 9:48am
January 27, 2019
This street scene from downtown Detroit Lakes was once used as a postcard. Though the streets are now paved and the storefronts look a bit different, the similarities to today's downtown can still be seen in this Becker County Museum photo.
City of Detroit Lakes to celebrate sesquicentennial in 2021
January 27, 2019 - 3:30pm
January 26, 2019
A truck used for hauling ice proves to be a bit too heavy to safely transport its cargo off the ice and onto shore in this historic Becker County Museum photo.
On thin ice: Even harvesters had to worry about falling into freezing water
January 26, 2019 - 4:13pm
January 25, 2019
Firefighters worked to save the Hotel Minnesota, but its all-wooden design proved to be its doom, as the building burned to the ground on June 16, 1915, after a fire broke out in the laundry room. (Photo courtesy of Becker County Museum)
Hotel Minnesota burned down in 1915
January 25, 2019 - 2:36pm