Wayzata, Minnesota

Friday, September 26, 2014

Everything Forgotten Returns to the Circling Winds

Sepia Saturday #247  - 27 September 2014

"Remember what you have seen, because everything forgotten returns to the circling winds." 
- Navajo Wind Chant

Life as they knew it, changed quickly.  

Strangely enough how folks earned a living changed drastically after 1937, and yet festivals and other celebrations in life continued, year after year.

Have you heard about the Harvest Moon Festival?

It's kind of a big thing up in the North Woods.
Check this link out for an idea.

Winton was prosperous as a lumber town beginning in the 1880's.  Story of the giant ancient white pine trees  here.  Following that iron ore deposits were detected.

Stroll along through quaint little Winton that survived the ins and outs as well as they could in northern Minnesota.

Winton, Minnesota

Houses and lone dog in lumber bust town, Winton.

Happy couple aren't they?

Too bad he covered up his name and the other writing across his apron.

I'm guessing, this friendly chap may have been Emil?

The photo reads, Storekeeper and his wife in "bust" iron mining town.

Abandoned Saloon, and possible restaurant?
August 1937

Broken down steps 
entrance to abandoned house.
Owner unknown.

Abandoned properties, yes.  But they still had a Post Office in the summer of 1937.

William Besson
and mine shaft he abandoned.

Near Winton, Minnesota

Old resident of Winton.


Sharpening an axe.

Winton began to struggle like many other towns Up-North.

Freshly washed clothes hung on the line for every household.

Another resident connected to lumbering in Winton.

Winton mining prospector with his homemade windlass.

Children of "Lumber Bust" Winton

Residents of section 30
also near Winton.

A handmade saw mill constructed by a Winton resident.

Winton Resident that formerly owned a livery stable.

Changes happen.  "Mankind is resilient; the atrocities that horrified us a week ago become acceptable tomorrow." - Joseph Heller

But there's a happy ending for those remaining (172 per 2010 census) residents of Winton.

and it has to do with the Winton Power Dam
Hydro Power since 1924.

More photos here at Winton  Gallery.


DeniseinVA said...

Marvelous photos Karen, they tell quite a tale.

Anonymous said...

Have you got a family connection to this town that you have so many clear images? I love the photo of the old resident - so introspective and resigned.

sage said...

Sad to see a lumber town barren of trees. I hope today there are some white pines growing, they are magnificent trees. Neat photos and good insights.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Wonderful pictures!

The bunkhouse accomodated between 60 to 90 men who slept in rows of doubledecked wooden bunks. They had straw mattresses and each “jack” was issued two or three blankets. Bed, blankets and men were all infested with lice. In 1914, inspectors from the State Department of Labor and Industries observed that: “The conditions under which the men were housed...make it impossible for men to keep their bodies free from vermin.” Bedbugs were also plentiful.

I'll pass on being a lumberjack...

TexWisGirl said...

i think with the oil and gas industries, there is still the boon and bust going on today. sadly.

Postcardy said...

I am auditing a "Photography in America" course now. I really enjoyed seeing the Winton photos.

Wendy said...

The undershirt more hole than shirt really says it all!

Bob Scotney said...

Great collection of old photos which should never be lost.

Karen S. said...

Sage, more are growing, but nothing even close in size to the days back then.

John Foster said...

Love the couple on the store porch.

Anonymous said...

This is the stuff life is made of. Thank you for sharing this. I love it.

Cloudia said...

You have saved the town from the winds!

ALOHA from Honolulu
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Little Nell said...

What an interesting post full of real characters.

La Nightingail said...

Wonderful old pictures! I wonder - is a Denver Sandwich a relative of the Denver Omelet?

EG CameraGirl said...

So much history is revealed in those wonderful old photos!