July 30, 1915: Visit Stillwater prison!

Posted on July 27th, 2009 – 11:48 PM
By Ben Welter

Without major league sports or even a decent shopping mall, entertainment options were somewhat limited in these parts in 1915. Twin City Lines, which ran the streetcars, used this three-column ad in the Minneapolis Morning Tribune to drum up interest in trips to the “wonderful” new state prison outside Stillwater. The ad includes only fares and directions — no details on what the public might see during an “inspection” of the prison. Concertina wire? Gun-toting guards? Famous felons?

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