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Vintage Photos of Reads Landing

Read's Landing, a bustling 1800's village which had 27 hotels, 21 saloons, and 15 mercantile stores, was once considered as a potential site for Minnesota's state capitol. Instead, Pigs Eye, now Saint Paul, was selected.

Men sitting on the balcony of the American House, one of twenty-seven hotels located in Reads Landing during its heyday.


A photograph of the shore line of Reads Landing looking south.

Charles R. Read, the founder of Read's Landing. 

Built in 1870 for $8,200, no expense was spared in the Italianate details of the three-layer, red brick walls of the fifty by fifty foot, two-story structure.

Water Street in Reads Landing. The building at Left is the present Reads Landing Brewing Company. The next building to the right is the American House, a prominent hotel in the 1800's.

The Burkhardt Band of Reads Landing.

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